Kazakhstan Ready to Cooperate With Qazvin Province
IRAN NEWS ECONOMIC DESK
TEHRAN – Kazakhstan Ambassador to Tehran Mr. Askhat Orazby during his visit to Qazvin Province and his meeting with officials and members of Qazvin Chamber of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture (QCCIMA) announced readiness of his country for bilateral cooperation with Qazvin Province.
During the meeting, Mr. Orazby felicitated the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, adding that he was impressed after visiting the production units and industrial parks of Qazvin, adding that undoubtedly Qazvin is one of the most advanced and strongest provinces of Iran in terms of economic capacities and Kazakhstan is ready to cooperate with this province which will bear positive fruits for both sides.
He noted that Kazakhstan is one of the few countries which did not breach its commitment to Iran under the U.S. sanctions threats and this will lead to more cooperation between both states.
He noted that he has visited several provinces in Iran recently but Qazvin Province condition is incomparable with other provinces and this province has exported agro products like apple to Kazakhstan.
Orazby added that Iran and Kazakhstan are interested in expanding relations but recent costs have created hurdles, adding Qazvin Province is actually pioneer comparing to other provinces to boost cooperation with Kazakhstan.
He reiterated that some of Iranian goods are welcomed by Kazakh people but the long distance between both countries has been a major hurdle.
He added that Kazakhstan has attracted over $30b investment in 20 years and 70 percent has been foreign investment which has entered into the Central Asia and it is a major achievement and an indicator that foreign investors welcome conditions in Kazakhstan for foreign investment.
Orazby added that in the latest World Bank ranking, Kazakhstan has ranked 25 among 190 countries in the world while in the previous ranking Kazakhstan was at 28th place.
Meanwhile head of QCCIMA Mr. Mehdi Bakhshandeh, for his part, said that the province welcomes any bilateral cooperation with Kazakhstan and urged Kazakhstan to ease the ground for exports of Qazvin Province to the country and other countries in the Central Asia.