TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran and Poland in a trade meeting explored mechanisms to broaden economic relation which is not in a satisfactory condition.
Iran Chamber of Commerce hosted the trade meeting where Iranian businessmen and Polish counterparts, as well as Vice-President of Iran Chamber of Commerce Mr. Hossein Salahvarzi, Vice-President of Polish Chamber of Commerce and Head of Iran-Poland Council Mr. Andrzej Pilat, Deputy Head of Embassy of Poland Mr. Wojciech Unolt were present.
Addressing the participants, Mr. Salahvarzi pointed to the good and historic relations between Iran and Poland and expressed hope that trade activities between the two countries would continue strongly. He pointed to dispatches of trade delegations and signing several agreements, adding that unfortunately since 2017, the trade exchange between the two states has declined considerably due to the sanctions and expressed hope there would be enough determination between the private sectors of the two countries for return to the heyday level.
He reiterated that if the existing issues in the field of financial exchanges between Iran and Poland are improved through creating a special mechanism between the two states and Iran and Poland can reach agreement on restoring preferential tariff, then the level of economic cooperation will broaden.
Salahvarzi then pointed to the advantages and grounds for cooperation between Iran and Poland, adding that considering good potentials of Poland in the agro industries and agro machineries, rail transportation and locomotive manufacture, there are good grounds for cooperation. He noted that Iran can take advantage of Poland’s experience in the marine transportation.
He also said that mining sector is another ground for cooperation between the two states, adding that Poland is importer of organic chemical materials and considering that many companies in Iran are active in this field, Iran can be a supplier to Poland. He added that three are some talks between both countries on oil and energy and expressed hope both countries ca reach acceptable level of cooperation in this field.
Then Vice-President of Polish Chamber of Commerce and Head of Iran-Poland Council Mr. Pilat, for his part, pointed to the relation between Iran and Poland which has been growing non-stop since 2001, adding that this trend has declined in recent two years because of the pandemic and some other issues. He further said that he is sure that Iran is a good trade partner for Poland in the region as Poland will be a good trade partner for Iran.
He emphasized that the ties between both countries have good potentials to be improved, adding that the biggest problem is in the field of financial exchanges. He added that unfortunately both sides lost the financial mechanism which had been created some four years ago and expressed hope the presence of this delegation in Tehran would be a prelude for resumption of this mechanism.
Pilat stressed that the economic relation between Iran and Poland should continue without intermediary and regardless of the political problems, adding that direct and face to face relation is the best way for advancing the goals. He stressed that Poland wants to have a deep relation with Iran.
Meanwhile Polish Diplomat Mr. Wojciech, for his part, pointed to the deep and strong political relation between Tehran and Warsaw and recent meetings of Iranian and Polish officials in recent weeks, and said that the economic cooperation between the two states has increased with full speed.
He then pointed to the initiatives taken by his country regarding its relation with Iran for more cooperation with EU, admitting that there are some problems like the revival of the JCPOA that Poland has no role in them and Warsaw supports resolving the problem through talks.
He said that in the future, Poland will have an attractive offer to Iran, but did not reveal its detail.
Meanwhile Head of Iran-Poland Joint Chamber of Commerce Mr. Rahim Moulaee, for his part, said that soon chambers of commerce of the two countries are to hold a specialize exhibition on Poland, adding that broadening trade and tourism relations as well as planning and creating the ground for traders of the two countries ae of the main tasks of the Iran-Poland Joint Chamber of Commerce.
He pointed to the necessity of developing tourism industry between the two countries, expressing hope that direct flight between Tehran and Warsaw would be launched because with the probable revival of the JCPOA, the economic relation would increase. He added that Iranian economic activists are ready to cooperate with Polish companies with an eye on developing exports.
Moulaee stated that the special office of Polish Chamber in Iran will be inaugurated on July 20, adding that in line with developing halal trade, Iran seeks connecting Europe through the corridor of Europe.