TEHRAN (Iran News) – Tehran, Yerevan Voice Readiness to Broaden Trade and Economy . Armenia’s State Revenue Committee Chairman (SRC) Edward Hovhannisyan yesterday on the sidelines of conference on reviewing trade opportunities between Iran and Armenia met Head of Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mine and Agriculture (TCCIMA) Masoud Khansari and during the meeting both sides voiced readiness for broadening the trade ties between the two states.
In the meeting, Khansari in the meeting referred to the agreement signed between Iran and Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and termed Armenia as the only EAEU member having joint land border with Iran, and added that developing the economic relations between the two states is a long stride for presence of Iran and Armenia in the third markets.
He also said the current trade level between the two states are not in accordance with the old background of the political and economic exchanges between the two sides, and called it necessary to resolve some problems in the field of regulations and adjusting customs regulations suiting the two countries’ trade relations.
Khansari pointed to creating the special desk of some countries at Tehran’s Chamber and announced the launch of the special desk for Armenia at the Tehran Chamber through cooperation between the joint chamber of commerce of the two countries in the near future. He also pointed to some existing problems in way of expanding the level of trade cooperation between the two states and termed a problem the absence of Armenia in the international TIR Convention and lack of digitalized Customs process between the two states and called it one of the major challenges and also criticized the process of registration of the prices of the commodities at the Armenia Customs office.
Meanwhile Hovhannisyan, for his part, termed his recent visit to Tehran in line with identifying problems and hurdles existing in way of increasing the trade of the two states, adding that in recent days he has had meetings with Iranian officials and had talks with them to remove the hurdles.
He went on to say that the two countries have enough capacities to expand trade ties and stipulated that Armenia’s State Revenue Committee is ready to cooperate with Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce for broadening the economic relations between the two states.
He also termed the conference on reviewing the opportunities for developing cooperation between Iran and Armenia as the first and serious step on course to expanding economic ties between the two states, reiterating that state and private sectors in Armenia welcome any action in line with improving the trade ties.
The Armenian-Iranian business forum was held in Tehran with the support of the Armenian Embassy. The conference was organized in the Chamber of Commerce of Iran within the framework of the working visit of Hovhannisyan to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Prior to the conference, a private conversation took place between SRC Chairman Edward Hovhannisyan and Chairman of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce Gholam-Hossein Shafe’i. The parties attached importance to the cooperation between the businessmen of the two countries and highlighted the huge potential for development.
During the conference, the businessmen discussed the new changes in the spheres of tax, customs legislation and administration of Armenia. The SRC representatives briefed the Iranian colleagues on the reforms implemented in recent years, which have had a significant impact on the development of trade and economic relations between the two countries.
Hovhannisyan expressed readiness to organize regular consultations with representatives of the business sector in order to discuss the existing problems and search for ways to solve them.