TEHRAN (Iran News) – Tehran, Kiev Urged to Ease Bartering Agro Products. Iran and Ukraine have called for easing the ground for bartering agricultural products which is effective in boosting bilateral trade cooperation.
On Monday, the first specialized meeting between the private sectors of Iran and Ukraine was held and the meeting was focused on the agriculture because statistics show that the major trade exchange between the two countries last year was in agro products sector.
In the meeting, head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mine and Agriculture (ICCIMA) Mr. Gholam-Hossein Shafei, Head of Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UCCI) Gennadiy Chyzhykov, and ambassadors of both countries were present.
In the meeting, Chyzhykov expressed his satisfaction on the current level of cooperation between the chambers of commerce of the two countries and the MoU which signed between them in 2017, and said according to the MoU, these co-operations have been formed and fortunately it is active.
He said the trade between Iran and Ukraine was over $400m last year that agro products account for 95 percent of the total trade and it indicates the position of ago sector in the relations between Iran and Ukraine.
Chyzhykov went on to say that currently the trade exchanges between the two countries are done via the third part country, adding that if the grounds are eased in a way that both counties trade directly, the level of trade will definitely increase by three-fold and to exceed $1b.
He then referred to the views of the exports about the hurdles in way of cooperation between Iran and Ukraine and said the financial relation is complicated and it should be eased through adopting proper methods. He stated that currently Ukrainian economic activists and entrepreneurs are waiting for a condition where the financial exchange is restored and therefore the two countries should take advantage of views of exports to resolve the problem.
Then Ukrainian Ambassador to Tehran Mr. Sergey Bordiliak said that such seminars and meetings are to be continued by the yearend in cooperation between the provincial chambers of commerce of the two countries in line with developing cooperation.
He added holding specialize seminars and meetings like today’s which has been allocated to the field of agriculture is a good idea and it stops controversies and it ushers both sides to make certain decisions and these co-operations should not be limited to the agriculture and it should be expanded to other sectors in the similar meetings.
Bordiliak went on to say that the trade volume between Iran and Ukraine was $1.1b in 2017, adding that unfortunately the bilateral trade is done via the third party country and therefore there is no exact statistics on the current trade volume between the two countries. He stated irrespective of the restrictions and sanctions, the trade between the two countries rose by 14 percent in 2020, and, of course, the trade balance was significantly in favor of Ukraine and this year the figure should increase.
He reiterated that the embassy has plans to ease issuing licenses for Iranians to boost their trade with Ukraine by signing agreements.
Meanwhile, Head of ICCIMA Mr. Shafei, for his part, said that the meeting is a new beginning for talks between the private sectors of the two countries, adding that this is the first specialized meeting between the traders of the two countries which has been allocated to the agriculture.
He then referred to the sincere relations between the chambers of two countries and exchanges of trade delegations in the past and assed positively the chamber-centered activities of the two countries in their future trade exchanges.