An Italian-Iranian road study agreement has now been signed. The Italian state-controlled road concession firm ANAS has a cooperation agreement with Iran's Construction and Development of Transport Infrastructures Company (CDTIC). ANAS International Enterprise (AIE) will carry out the study for the completion of the 1,500km north-south corridor, which runs between the port of Bandar-E-Imam on the Persian Gulf up to the northern border with Azerbaijan through the city of Tabriz.
The aim of the study is to come up with a funding proposal for the works and the subsequent long-term concession of the road corridor. In addition, AIE has signed a MoU with the Iran's Road Maintenance and Transportation Organisation (RMTO) for technical assistance in the management of road surfaces in addition to services for the operations and management of existing motorways, including the 150km Tehran – Qom road.