TEHRAN – Managing Director of Iran International Fairs Joint Stock Company has said Iran and Italy have decided to augment trade from the current level of $ 7bn a year.
On the sidelines of inauguration of the Second International Italy Exclusive Fair in Tehran, Hossein Esfahbodi told reporters that “some 146 commercial delegations from four corners of the world have visited Iran this year and Italy with 380 delegates tops the list.”
President of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Debora Serracchiani, who represents Italy in the Second International Exclusive Fair, said with accord signed between Iran and the 5+1 on last July, the way would be paved for expansion of Iran-Italy relations.
Serracchiani also said that in the time of economic crisis for Europe, Italy had been able to export goods worth of several billion euros thanks to its strong economy. Italian ambassador to Tehran Mauro Conciatori said for his part that the exhibition was a symbol of mutual cooperation. “There were contacts in the first Italy exhibition which is hoped to lead to favorable cooperation,” commented the Italian envoy. “We plan to expand our political and economic cooperation with Iran. With effective implementation of Iran nuclear deal, Tehran and Rome can develop strategic cooperation.”
On the upcoming visit of Iranian president to Italy, the Italian ambassador said that Iran-Italy cooperation would get further consolidated following visit of Iranian president to Italy. “Rouhani selected Italy as the first leg of his European visit, which is of high value for us. His visit to Italy was slated for November 2015 but it was postponed for certain reasons,’ added the ambassador.
Noting that a diplomatic and economic delegation will accompany President Rouhani, the Italian ambassador said. Two weeks after Rouhani’s visit to Italy, a delegation comprising three Italian ministers and traders will travel to Iran and then the two countries can start large-scale economic cooperation.
The First International Exclusive Fair was held at Tehran International Permanent Fair Ground in June 2014. Italy was among countries to maintain its relations with Iran during sanctions.
In February a delegation, comprising Italian food and agricultural industries companies, led by Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies Minister Maurizio Martina, will visit Iran.
Source: Mehr News