Iran keen to develop bilateral trade with Pakistan: Ambassador

SIALKOT: Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost has said that the Iran is very keen to develop its bilateral trade with Pakistan besides promoting business-to-business contacts.

He said this while addressing a meeting of exporters held at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here on Friday.

SCCI President Zahid Latif Malik, SVP Abdul Waheed, Vice President Abid Ahmed Khawaja and senior officials of the Iranian Embassy were also present.

The Ambassador said Pakistan and Iran had ever been good friends of all weathers due to which Iran was also making allout sincere efforts to increase mutual trade volume with Pakistan, adding that an easy access of Pakistani products would be ensured to the international trade markets of Iran.

He assured the business community that the Iranian trade markets in its border areas along Pakistan would soon be activated.

Mehdi Honardoost also assured an easy access of the Sialkot exporters to markets of Iran and in its neighbouring countries, adding that the borders of Iran were open for Pakistani trade.

The Ambassador said there was 35 percent increase in the bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran during the last year, adding that there was a huge potential of mutual trade between Pakistan and Iran.

Mehdi Honardoost said there were bright opportunities for joint ventures in different trade fields between Pakistan and Iran. He added that several Iranian companies were showing keen interest in joint ventures with the businessmen of Sialkot.

“The Iranian doors are open for you to promote the bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran”, he said.

He stressed the need of establishing durable and strengthened bilateral trade ties between Pakistan and Iran, adding that all-out sincere efforts would be made to promote the direct trade between the two countries and increasing the mutual trade volume as well.

The Ambassador said that Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline project was a great and key project which would also bring about economic revolution in the region as well. He added development of Pak-Iran gas pipeline could play a vital role in fulfilling power related requirements.

He said Sialkot exporters should focus their attention on trade markets of Iran and enjoy all benefits at Iranian Free Trade Zones as well.

Mehdi Honardoost said that the promotion of business and trade between the both countries was a top priority of Iran and for this goal Iran was making sincere efforts to promote B-to-B contacts between the businessmen of Sialkot-Pakistan and Tehran-Iran.

He said the banking transactions in Iran were being made much easy for Pakistani business community to encourage the maximum bilateral trade.

The ambassador said direct air links would soon be restored between Pakistan and Iran as direct passenger flights would be started within the next couple of days.

On this occasion, in his welcome address, SCCI President Zahid Latif Malik said:” Iran and Pakistan are brotherly Islamic countries sharing religious,cultural and socio-political heritage as Pakistan and Iran have common views on most of the global issues”.

He said the both countries were eager to expand bilateral cooperation in diverse fields to benefit from each other’s expertise to make progress. “We understand that the both countries have agreed to set up a mechanism to ensure implementation of existing agreements aimed at substantial increase of two-way trade”, he added.

The SCCI President suggested the regular exchange of mutual trade delegations between Pakistan and Iran besides encouraging to hold the single country trade exhibitions.