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Iran, Germany Sign New Transport MoU
MRUD News — A bilateral meeting was held between transport ministers of Iran and Germany on 16 January to discuss development and construction of Iran's Airports.
After the meeting, Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany, and Abbas Akhoundi, Iran Minister of Roads and Urban Development signed a MoU for mutual cooperation in airport, maritime, and rail transport sectors.
The last visit of German transport minister in October 2016 was mainly focused on rail sector, while this visit mainly tended to the air transport sector. Since the October visit, there had been some agreements namely the agreement for the purchase of 50 diesel locomotives with MAPNA Group with cooperation of Siemens in Iran. Also the negotiation for 70 more locomotives is currently running and it would be finalized by next two weeks, Akhoundi explained.
In this visit, Iran proposed four airports of Tabriz, Ahwaz, Chabahar and Imam Khomeini International Airport for investment, a proposal that is going to be considered in the joint committee.
Akhoundi pointed to the international call for bids for the development of IranShahr Terminal at Imam Khomeini International Airport, with the capacity of 25 million passengers which was announced last week, and offered the German party to participate and compete with other international competitors. Iran will rate the best technical and financial proposal.
In this mutual session, also supply and maintenance of aircraft, road and maritime transport agreement and smart and multimodal transport were discussed. Also during past months, some contracts including marine equipment contract with a German company and financial transaction contract for Airbus purchase was done through Germany.
Dobrindt also pointed to the successful negotiations for the purchase of aircrafts and congratulated on the landing of the first Airbus aircraft in Mehrabad Airport. He asserted that this is the result of the hard efforts of Iran transport minister in the transport sector.
"The consecutive visits of the German delegation in a short period of time indicates a strong determination for economic cooperation between the two countries", Dobrindt stated.
Germany is willing to exchange transport experiences with Iran. Besides the road, maritime and rail negotiations, the session was predominantly on airport and air navigation sector; that is why the executive managers and technical groups from Munich, Frankfort, and Dornier Airline accompanied the delegation, Dobrindt added.
Dobrindt expressed Germany’s willingness for cooperation with Iran in developing Iran's airports as well as exchanging and transferring technical knowledge and airport management. Forming the joint committee of Iran-Germany which is going to hold its own meetings implies this determination on the German side.
Dobrindt invited Akhoundi to visit Munich and Frankfort Airports and expressed hopes to meet Iran Minister of transport in Berlin.