India to study air corridors for trade with Central Asian countries- THE HINDU- 07/02/2020


The External Affairs Minister has said that, apart from developing trade via the Chabahar port in Iran, India would like to explore setting up “air corridors” between India and five Central Asian nations.


The discuss passages — comparable to what India set up in 2018 with Afghanistan — would incorporate standard cargo flights with uncommon clearing and traditions offices to assist the development of products, particularly new natural product and other agrarian produce.

The discuss hallways are right now being talked about. The India Central Asia Trade Board has brought together Indian businessmen and ambassadors from five Central Asian nations: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The India Central Asia Trade Chamber is being set up by the League of the Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

Current Scenario:

At show, most of the exchange between Central Asia goes by means of Bandar Abbas in Iran, northern Europe or China.

In later a long time, the government has been looking for to create more coordinate courses from Chabahar, a trilateral course of action with Iran and Afghanistan, the Universal North South Transport Hallway (INSTC) and getting to be a portion the Ashgabat Agreement.

However, the rail-link between Chabahar and the hybrid into Afghanistan is however to be created, which would be an vital portion of developing customary exchange.

Importance of air corridors with the five Central Asian countries:

It is believed that it is a matter of concern that a lack of overland connectivity (a reference to barriers to transit trade through Pakistan) has kept the total trade between India and Central Asia quite low at approximately $2 billion per year.

India has made progress in overcoming this challenge through the Chabahar route.
India, Iran and Afghanistan believe that Chabahar will become the fulcrum of connectivity for Indian goods to reach Afghanistan and further north to Central Asian states, and for the landlocked Central Asia to find access to the ocean through this port.

Union budget 2020-21 has announced a Rs. 100 crore investment to develop the Iranian port.

While flying time from Delhi for most of the Central Asian destinations is two hours, it may take two months for containers sent overland from India to reach these places.

The availability of air corridors can boost trade in perishable goods, agricultural and food products.

Way Forward:

Separated from network, visa methods ought to be streamlined advance in arrange to develop administrations, particularly therapeutic tourism that brings hundreds of patients from Central Asia to India each year.

Efforts are required to assist boost exchange in vitality, agro and nourishment handling, tourism and pharmaceuticals.

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