October 20, 2018
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منطقه آزاد تجاری صنعتی انزلی
Caspian Sea passenger line will be launched next year with the construction of the first modern ship in Astrakhan

Mr. Reza Masrour, chairman of the board of director and Managing director of Anzali free zone on second day of his attendance in Russia, visited from the Special Economic Zone of Lotus in Astrakhan and talked based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two parties last year about development of joint trade partnerships and the launch of a passenger travel line and the export of Iranian products to Russia and the countries of the region.

During this visit, the chairman of the board of directors and the managing director of the organization visited under construction infrastructures in this special economic zone, which among these production units in the area, the Lotus Shipyard is one of the largest shipbuilding complexes in Russia with various products was of particular importance in this visit.

Importantly, during visiting the factory, delegations visited the construction of the first large passenger ferry for travel between ports of Caspian littoral states in Astrakhan with a capacity of 310 passengers that will have the most modern navigation and passenger system and services.

After this visit, a joint meeting was held between the economic board of Anzali Free Zone and Gilan Province and the Russian side, in which the director of the Lotus Shipyard, while outlining the capabilities of the shipyard in the construction and repair of ships, announced the launch of the construction of a tourist vessel for traffic between the ports of the Caspian Sea in next year.

Mr. Masrour at the meeting expressed that Anzali Free Zone Organization's view is special to develop cooperation with the Lotus Special Economic Zone, by stating that The location of the two areas on the Nostrac corridor gives us common goals and interests in benefiting from it to increase foreign exchange earnings of Iran and Russia. In the meantime, increased interactions between the Anzali Free Zone and the Lotus Special Economic Zone can play an important role in the development of the two countries' interconnections.


He referred to Anzali free zone as the only free zone in north of Iran, which has good various industrial units, he also stated that coordination will be done for visit of Investors 'and Entrepreneurs' Association members and merchants of Anzali Free Zone as well as merchants of the provincial Chamber of Commerce, from the production units and capacities of the Astrakhan Lotus Special Economic Zone.

He presented a road map to take advantage of the opportunities for cooperation between the two regions to expand Iran's exports, within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two regions and with the signature of the amendments to this memorandum, It is possible to allocate the appropriate space in Astrakhan special economic zone to establish the Iranian manufacturing industries for  take advantages from available capacities in the special economic zone of Lotus in order to produce and export  of Iranian products to the Eurasian market.

Mr.Masrour hopes to boost sea tourism among the Caspian littoral states by launching a Russian-made Lottos ship. In the following year, the direct shipping line, based on an understanding made several months ago by Radiak Kharisov, Minister of Transportation of the State of Astrakhan, We will launch direct tourism ship line that we visited today. Anzali Free Zone has various programs for development of sea tourism in the Caspian Sea, among these programs is construction of Marina near the Caspian port complex and memorandums with shipbuilding companies in Iran.

Sergey Miloshkin, director of the Special Economic Zone of Lotus, said that the region has begun since 2015, provides a report on the geographic location, legal privileges and infrastructure available in the area, and talked about Lotus efforts to activate the north-east corridor and the development of Russian economic cooperation with the countries of the Caspian Sea.

He stated that shipbuilding, extraction and refining of oil and gas, car Manufacturing, light and metallurgy industry are active in Astrakhan. Hi-Tech industries, industries related to the construction of passenger ships, dry, lorries, cargo and containers, transit, oil and gas related industries, medical and electronics industries are among the top priorities of the region in attracting investors.

Managing director of Lotus Special Economic Zone, welcoming to the proposed proposals for the establishment of Iranian industries in the region, renowned for the role of Iranians in the development of Astrakhan in the past. In regard to firm determination of Mr. Mesroor to activate the Nostrac Corridor and by observation high volume of infrastructure projects in the Anzali Free Zone that I visited on my trip to this area, I can emphasize that the Anzali Free Zone in recent years has been very successful in developing relations between the countries of the Caspian Sea and activating international routes. I am confident that this development will continue with greater power.


During the visit, the customs inspector of the Gilan province, the director general of the province's mining industry, the director of public relations of the organization and a number of members of the joint room of Iran and Russia were present.

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