"WE ARE COM­MIT­TED TO SOUTH ASIA RE­GION DE­VEL­OP­MENT"

Union Min­is­ter for Road Trans­port, High­ways and Ship­ping, Nitin Gad­kari, as­sured In­dia’s sup­port to all the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries in build­ing in­fra­struc­ture and bring­ing down lo­gis­tics cost

Maritime Gateway - - Inaugural Session -

In his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress through video mes­sage at the launch of first edi­tion of South Asia Mar­itime & Lo­gis­tics Fo­rum (SAMLF) in In­dia, Min­is­ter of Road Trans­port & High­ways and Ship­ping, Govt. of In­dia, Nitin Gad­kari ap­pre­ci­ated the ini­tia­tive to cre­ate a fo­rum for mar­itime na­tions in South Asia, and said, “Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has de­cided to give high­est pri­or­ity to­wards de­vel­op­ment of Ports and in­land wa­ter­ways. It is a great plea­sure and pride for me for the last 3 years that all ma­jor ports in In­dia are mak­ing profit. While the am­bi­tious Sa­gar­mala ini­tia­tive is giv­ing em­pha­sis on port-based in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion, con­nec­tiv­ity and mod­erni­sa­tion; the in­land wa­ter­ways projects are ex­tended to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries Nepal and Bangladesh which will be ben­e­fi­cial for the re­gion’s econ­omy. The In­dian gov­ern­ment is keen to de­velop ports in Sri Lanka. Sim­i­larly, de­vel­op­ment of Chaba­har Port will pro­vide bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity to

In­dia and South Asia with Afghanistan, Uzbek­istan, Rus­sia and Eu­rope. Nepal is a key part­ner for In­dia and de­vel­op­ment of in­land wa­ter­ways will ease goods move­ment be­tween the two coun­tries. The big­gest chal­lenge for the re­gion is to bring down lo­gis­tics cost at par with other de­vel­oped re­gions like Eu­rope and China. I wel­come all stake­hold­ers from South Asia who are keen to in­vest in In­dia, and to­gether we can frame pol­icy to fa­cil­i­tate in­vest­ment.”

The In­dian ship­ping min­is­ter em­pha­sised that In­dia will stand by neigh­bour­ing coun­tries in build­ing in­fra­struc­ture and bring­ing down lo­gis­tics cost.

Union Min­is­ter for Road Trans­port, High­ways, Ship­ping Sri Nitin Gad­kari ad­dress­ing the South Asia Mar­itime and Lo­gis­tics Fo­rum

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