India makes overseas port moves on several fronts

India makes overseas port moves on several fronts

India is finally flexing its financial muscles and getting port investments fixed with its neighbours. Splash reported earlier this week how New Delhi has committed to invest in the Myanmar port of Sittwe on the Bay of Bengal. Also, this week India held trilateral talks with Afganistan and Iran to advance development at the Iranian port of Chabahar.

Yesterday, India and Bangladesh signed three agreements to allow New Delhi to use Mongla and Chattogram ports as transit points to access India’s northeastern states for trade.

The two countries decided to explore the possibilities of river links between Rajshahi and Dhuliajan in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district, something that would require significant dredging.

India also offered Dhaka yesterday use of Kolkata and Haldia ports for transhipment of its exports.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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