Iran supports the establishment of joint chamber of commerce with Azerbaijan said chairman of Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines of Iran’s Ardabil province Hossein Pir-Moazzen, APA reports.
To him, at present, the Chamber comprises the sections related to some countries, including Europe: ‘But there is no chamber of commerce with Azerbaijan. I will invite Azerbaijani officials and journalists to Iran. I hope that you will familiarize with production potential of Iran. The system applied in Iran is in with the European system. If we take into account that Azerbaijan is the nearest neighbor of Iran, prices are low in Iran, this will be profitable for both sides. The purpose of our visit is to establish a joint chamber of commerce. I hope that this joint activity will have a success after the meeting and economic relations between the two countries will further develop’.
Speaking about the volume of trade turnover between Ardabil and Azerbaijan, Pir-Moazzen said that 80% of products is exported to Azerbaijan: ‘Last year, the volume of trade turnover made $57m. In particular, agricultural and plastic goods are exported from Ardabil to Azerbaijan. Iran has a strong chemical industry and those goods are cheap and high-quality. In the past, Azerbaijan stood in the front places, but now it takes 10th place. In 6 months of 2013, trade turnover made $19m’.
Touching upon the cooperation with Azerbaijan, Pir-Moazzen noted that Ardabil has no border with Armenia, therefore these two countries have no economic cooperation.
Speaking about the Ardabil-Baku flight, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce said that it will be useful for the citizens of both countries: “But Azerbaijan is not interested in this issue and because of sanctions we have no sufficient funds to launch this flight. But we are ready to launch this flight. This issue will be discussed at the next meetings.”
Mayor of Ardabil Province Sadir Bardi said that his region is suitable in terms of tourism and investment: “Businessmen of the two countries can cooperate in this sphere and we invite them to cooperate. We will create opportunity for the Azerbaijani investors. We can also cooperate in the fields of construction and transport. We welcome the renovation and construction works of Baku Mayor’s Office. Ardabil and Baku can share experience.”
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