TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran and Belarus in a webinar explored ways to take advantage of opportunities for broadening economic cooperation.
According to reports, the webinar was held by Tehran Chamber of Commerce where some economic activists of Iran and Belarus as well as the ambassadors of the two countries were present.
In the event, Secretary General of Tehran Chamber of Commerce Mr. Bahman Eshqi announced readiness of the chamber for hosting the delegation of Belarusian entrepreneurs in the upcoming months and reminded that Tehran Chamber with sending invitations to this Belarusian association has started plans for gathering and direct talks between the businessmen of the two countries.
He pointed to the West’s sanctions as the commonality of Iran and Belarus and said both sides have potentials to provide required products of the other side, adding that since Belarus is unable to send its products to EU due to sanctions, it can transit its goods via the transit route to Afghanistan and India through Iran.
Eshqi then stipulated that Belarus can resolve Iran’s restriction for broadening its trade exchange with neighboring states by providing containers and wagons on the Astara, Sarakhs and Inchebron routes.
He also criticized Belarus for revaluating Iran’s agro products in Belarusian custom office which leads to the price rise and it reduces the chance of competition of Iranian products with other rivals. He recommended Belarus to define a unified mechanism for revaluating the goods among the Eurasian Economic Union members.
Ambassador of Belarus to Tehran Dmitry Kaslov, for his part, pointed to the interests of the Belarussian companies for joint cooperation with Iranian entrepreneurs in the field of food and agro products, machineries, medicines and apparel and stipulated that his provincial meetings in Iran with officials and economic activists of each province bespeaks of high capacities for cooperation between the two countries.
He also called developing cooperation between provinces of the two states a major stride towards enhancing the economic relations between the two countries and announced readiness of his embassy in Tehran for easing the process for visa issuance for Iranian traders who are introduced by the Tehran Chamber of Commerce.
Meanwhile Iran’s Ambassador to Minsk Mr. Saeed Yari, for his part, urged the Belarussian government to take serious action for the launch direct flight between Tehran and Minsk and provincial and regional cooperation between the two states will be a good opportunity for improving ties.