TEHRAN (Iran News) – A trade delegation from Belarus who was in Tehran to attend The 29th International Exhibition of Food, Food Technology and Agriculture (Iran Agrofood 2022) on Monday and in the last day of the exhibition attended a forum hosted by Tehran Chamber of Commerce were the participants called for broadening economic relations between Iran and Belarus.
According to reports, the forum was held to provide the ground for direct talks and acquaintance of business activists of the two countries with their potentials and capacities.
In the forum, Ambassador of Belarus to Tehran Mr. Dmitry Koltsov announced readiness of his country for broadening economic relations with Iran and termed the forum a turning point for creating constructive and strong relation between Tehran and Minsk and called for regular holding of economic gatherings between the two states and called it a step forward for knowing economic enterprises and capacities for joint co-operations.
He went on to say that membership of both states in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is a historic opportunity for a huge amount of economic and commercial tie between the two states, noting that Belarus needs broadening tie with Iran to take advantage of Iran’s transit capacity and access to the free waters in the Persian Gulf region. Koltsov then said that Iran is one of Belarus’s major trade partners in the region and expressed hope that Belarus can enjoy Iran’s support in meeting its economic demands like transit of goods.
The Belarussian diplomat added that the cooperation of both states in the machine manufacturing industries and food stuff can be a beginning for broadening economic relations and reiterated that the two countries can expand their exports to the third markets through joint production in this field.
Meanwhile in this event, the secretary general of Tehran Chamber of Commerce Mr. Bahman Eshqi said that economic climate of Iran and Belarus has faced hardships due to the unfair and unilateral sanctions, adding that despite sanctions, economies of Iran and Belarus can connect enough for long term economic cooperation in the post-sanctions era.
He went on to say that one of opportunities ahead of economies of the two countries is transit exchanges and transfer and transportation of goods and stated that since Belarus borders are under the sanctions and have lost their past efficiency, Belarus can take advantage of Iran’s water borders for having access to the waters in the Persian Gulf region and it can use it for boosting economic tie with Iran as well as exchange of goods with the countries in the region.
Eshqi reiterated that Iran and Belarus have many allies in the region that through convergence with these countries, both sides can reduce the damages of sanctions and strengthen their economies.
Then members of the Belarussian delegations which were mostly representatives food industries held some B2B meetings with Iranian business counterparts and exchanged views for the future cooperation.