TEHRAN (Iran News) – Approval of FATF Bill to Ease Tehran-Copenhagen Trade Exchange. Denmark’s Ambassador to Tehran Mr. Jesper Vahr in meeting with the head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mine and Agriculture (ICCIMA) Mr. Gholam-Hossein Shafei called for improving the joint commercial committee of Iran and Denmark to the Iran-Denmark Joint Chamber of Commerce and reiterated the approval of the FATF bill in Iran will ease the trade exchange between the two countries.
In the meeting, Shafei welcomed the Danish envoy and said although Denmark is considered among the small countries in terms of population, it is among the top ranking countries in terms of the quality of the population and the country enjoys distinguished position in terms of having efficient and educated human forces and the development and progress of Denmark is because of its human forces.
He also said one of the distinguished indexes of Denmark is security and paying attention to the citizenship rights, adding that Denmark is of the most advanced countries in the region in terms of medical progress, and the country has enjoyed outstanding progress in the field of industry with having highest economic growth with the lowest inflation rate.
Shafei noted that Denmark accounts for 40 percent of wind energy production in the world, and pointed to the old relation between Tehran and Copenhagen, and said the first agreement between the two countries has been signed almost 90 years ago so they have a long relation historically.
He then said one can see the trace of Denmark in Iran’s industry especially it is obviously seen Iran’s dairy industry because the first dairy factory in Iran was set up by Denmark and most of the required machineries are provided by Denmark. Therefore, Iran’s industry feels much closeness to Denmark’s industry, he added.
Shafei also said Iran and Denmark have had long cooperation in other fields like pharmaceutical, medical industry, cement industry and shipping. He then pointed to the effects of sanctions on the Iran-Denmark economic relation and said although the economic exchange between the two states has decreased due to the sanctions, some part of Denmark’s industries have remained in Iran amid sanctions and fortunately have continued their cooperation.
He said since the ties with Denmark is very important, the ICCIMA has formed the commercial committee with Denmark and expressed hope in the near future this joint commercial committee would turn into the Iran-Denmark Joint Chamber of Commerce.
Then Danish Ambassador Vahr, for his part, pointed to the long trade relation between Tehran and Copenhagen and referred to the 1920s when a Danish company in Tehran helped Tehran to launch Tehran’s public bus transportation system and also to the Danish Company which played a key role in the launch of the national railway system in Iran.
Vahr went on to say that Danish companies are active in Iran like Novordisk Company which has invested over 70m euros in Iran to start its work. He then pointed to using the renewable energies that Denmark is expert in it, adding that before the sanctions were imposed against Iran, one of the biggest Danish companies had been cooperating with Iran in producing wind energy.
The Danish Ambassador reiterated that his country has never supported maximum pressure against Tehran and the country is eager to see the revival of the JCPOA and opening the doors of Iran’s economy and he hopes Denmark would be one of the countries which re-enter Iran’s economy. He said when the sanctions were reimposed, some companies left Iran but despite threats of punishment, some Danish companies remained in Iran and continued their works.
He also welcomed Mr Shafei’s suggestion for the launch of the Iran-Denmark Joint Chamber of Commerce. He reiterated that if the JCPOA is revived, the door will be open for the revival of the economic cooperation and the Confederation of Danish Industry is eager to have more cooperation in Iran.
Vahr emphasized that he is ready for all-out support from Danish companies remaining in Iran and expressed hope that FATF bill in Iran would be passed because it will ease the trade exchange between Tehran and Copenhagen.