Iran Open to Baku-Anzali Line Revival

first_imgzoom Anzali Trade-Industrial Free ZoneIran is ready to re-establish the Baku-Anzali shipping line to improve its ties with Azerbaijan.  Reza Mansour, head of the Anzali Trade-Industrial Free Zone Organization said re-launching the shipping line could strengthen the ties between the two countries, tourism especially, Fars News Agency reports.Azerbaijan’s investors were also encouraged by Mansour to invest in Anzali Free Zone, which is luring in Azerbaijani businessmen by offering various tax breaks for investors in the zone. Mansour also said that there is no limit on ownership ratio for investors from Azerbaijan.“The possibility of 100 percent foreign ownership is the zone’s advantage for investors,” Mansour said.Mansour went on to say that the investors in the zone would not have to pay any tax and duties on imported raw materials and machinery intended for the factories within the zone.Anzali Free Zone lies in the Southern part of the Caspian Sea, consisting of trade and commercial, tourism and services, and industrial sections. World Maritime News Staff; September 22, 2014last_img read more

Army officers and soldiers educated on Constitutional reforms

Army officers and soldiers have been briefed on the Constitutional reform and Constitution making process. The public outreach programme of the Constitutional Assembly is aimed at reaching the General Public, Civil Society, Public Officers, Religious Dignitaries, School Children, Youth and their stakeholders by raising awareness of the constitutional reform process of Sri Lanka. In response to a request made by the office of the Co-ordinator, Public Outreach Programme on Constitutional Reform and Constitution Making, Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake made arrangements instructing Brigadier Edward Jayasinghe, Director Legal of the Army to facilitate the conduct of the educative programme. The workshop was organized as part of an effective and comprehensive public awareness programme.The programme was coordinated by Winston Pathiraja, Secretary to the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms and conducted under the leadership of Lal Wijenayake, Chairman of the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms. The Programme raises awareness as to the need for a new constitution and educates the participants about the substance and process behind constitutional reform in Sri Lanka, based on material available in the public domain.To generate much needed awareness and interest and to engage the public in relation to the discourse surrounding the Constitutional reform process of Sri Lanka, the workshop also included a Question and Answer session at the end.The Question and Answer sessions facilitate and enable participants to clarify matters pertaining to the constitutional reforms process in progress, gain better understanding and engage in effective dialogue relating to the constitutional reform process and the needs and aspirations of the general public in the context of formulating a new constitution for the country. (Colombo Gazette) read more