Tunisia to bridge Iranian automaker to Africa

TEHRAN (FNA)- President of Iran’s largest car-maker, the Iran-Khodro Company, said Tunisia can serve as a desirable gate for his company to access the African market.

“Tunisia has a special position in the North Africa and it can play as a bridge between IKCO and North African countries,” Hashem Yekehzare said during a meeting with Tunisian Minister of Trade and Handcrafts.

He further stated that his company has exported 200 thousand sets of cars around the globe, and added, “IKCO’s strategy at the moment is to focus on export and foreign market development.”

According to the IKCO CEO and President, this year’s production plan of the company is 600 thousand cars, 100 thousand sets short of the next years’ target.

Paying a visit to IKCO production lines, Najla Harrouche, the Tunisian Minister of Trade and Handicrafts, said that the technology adopted in IKCO rivals with that of global car makers.

“I suggest IKCO can enter the Tunisian car market and from there can go for the North African countries’ markets,” she said, hoping that related cooperation can soon begin between the two countries.

The Tunisian Minister also underlined that Tunisia has a special capability in automotive part production, specially wire harness, and has invested in many countries including South American countries for plant establishment and automotive part production.

“I look forward to seeing Tunisia achieve the same industrial development as Iran did,” she emphasized, recalling the technological level of IKCO production systems.

By Fars News Agency


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