Iranian trade activist calls for expansion of trade ties with Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 27, IRNA - President of Iran’s Urmia (Orumiyeh) Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture has called for expansion of trade ties with Pakistan to further strengthen bilateral ties.

Behnam Tajedini said this during a meeting with the officials of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) in Karachi.

A delegation of Iranian entrepreneurs of West Azerbaijan Province’s Orumiyeh Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture also accompanied the President. Nezaratizadeh, Economic Counsellor of Iran in Karachi was also present.

The Iranian delegation is currently on a visit to Pakistan to promote trade ties between the two friendly states.

Behnam Tajedini expressing his views said there are cold storage facilities available in Orumiyeh for a total capacity of 1 million tons that will benefit the Pakistani fruit and vegetables exporters to re-export their shipments through Orumiyeh.

He stated that West Azerbaijan is the third largest province of Iran with one of the highest yields of agricultural products, adding that the province annually produces 6 million tons of fruits and vegetables.

Senior Vice President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir during the meeting said Iran and Pakistan enjoy good relations but their bilateral trade is far below the actual potential.

He emphasized for a frequent exchange of trade delegations and stressed upon reciprocal holding of single country exhibitions to enhance people to people contacts and provide opportunities to the business community of both countries to explore market for their potential products especially agricultural products and fresh fruits.

He further suggested for establishing a joint working committee of both countries to resolve and sort out the trade issues.

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