TEHRAN (Iran News) –Ambassador of Brazil to Tehran Mr. Laudemar Gonsalves de Aguiar Neto says private sector in Brazil is very active in trade and the government seeks to restore stronger relation between private sector of his country and Iran because Iran is very important for Brazil as it is a big country.
Speaking during his visit to Kashan Chamber of Province, Aguiar Neto pointed to the diplomatic ties between Iran and Brazil which dates back to some 120 years ago and next June both countries will celebrate 120th anniversary of their relations.
He went on to say that during these years the ties between the two states have faced ups and downs but they have never cut and they have continued. He noted that Iran is Brazil’s biggest trade partner in the Middle East and Asia, and Brazil is keen to broaden its trade relation with Iran.
Aguiar Neto added that currently the trade balance is in favor of Brazil, reiterating that if Iran’s exports increase, Brazil’s imports and exports will also broaden. He stressed that there are some problems because of sanctions but Brazil has tried to resolve them and the trade between the two countries go on.
The Brazilian diplomat stressed that sanctions have been unable to create obstacle in way of trade between the two countries, and not only has Brazil’s export not declined but also it has increased and Brazil has been a good partner for Iran and it wants to broaden it. He stated that Brazil has developed well in industry, trade and agriculture and it can share its experiences with Iran.
Aguiar Neto also congratulated Iran which has developed trade, economy and industry in the hard times of sanctions and shown good creativity and it has grown well. He said that of course sanctions have hurt broadening trade ties between the two states but sanction is not the only hurdle and the main hurdle is lack of enough information on the trade condition of both states for business activists. He went on to say that distance has not been able to create hurdle in way of trade between Iran and Brazil and there are also other countries which are far from Iran but they have good trade with Iran.
He reiterated that both sides should promote information on their capacities and their required goods and called for boosting ties between Iran with Brazil through exhibitions and webinars. He admitted that Brazil has no good information on Iran and this is also for Iran which lacks information on trade condition in Brazil and one of his efforts in Iran is to boost this cognition and promotion.
Meanwhile in the meeting, Head of Kashan Chamber of Commerce Mr. Mahmoud Tavalaee pointed to the economic capacities of Iran and Brazil, and said that Brazil is a big economic power in Latin America with its special position in industry which controls massive amount of natural resources, and on the other side Iran is one of the top countries in terms of industry, natural resources, energy and skillful workforce, reiterating that what caused that no deep tie between Iran and Brazil happens, is the distance and costs for transportation which have affected the trade exchanges between the two states.
Tavalee said that Iran’s industry has reached a level that it can restore good ties with Brazil but any action requires capacities of the two states to be identified and solutions are found for problems.
He also called for identifying the trade capacities for trade exchanges and both sides to have plans and to implement them.