By Mahnaz Abdi

Kish Island to host Iran’s intl. maritime exhibit in mid-Dec.

November 13, 2018

TEHRAN- Iran’s 20th International Maritime and Offshore Technologies Exhibition (IRANIMEX 2018) is planned to be held on Kish Island in south of the country from December 17 to 19.

Ali-Akbar Marzban, the chairman of headquarters for holding the exhibition, expounded upon this year’s edition of the event in a press conference held at the place of Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) on Tuesday.

He said this exhibit aims to gather maritime organizations and companies together and provide them an opportunity to showcase their products and present their capabilities.
It will also provide a platform for them for negotiations and find some partners; it will be definitely a valuable opportunity for domestic companies to find appropriate foreign companies to cooperate with, he added.

Marzban, who is also the person in charge of the secretariat for making coordination among the maritime organizations of the country, further said: “Our main policy is to hold a unique and integrated exhibition with the highest level of quality.”

“It is very important for us that this exhibition can provide the ground for the attraction of foreign investment to the country’s maritime sector”, the official spotlighted.

He said some specialized workshops (at least six ones) and meetings are also planned to be held on the sidelines of the exhibition.

Some ambassadors of other countries have been invited to the exhibition and some chambers of commerce will visit the event as well, Marzban stated.

The official further put the number of Iranian companies to be participating in the event at 230.

‘IRANIMEX a large gathering of Iranian maritime organizations’

This exhibition can be a large gathering of Iranian maritime organizations given the proper potentials available in Kish Island, Majid Izadkhah, the CEO of Karafarinan Tose’e Pooya (KTP) Group which is the organizer of event, said in the same press conference.  

He said 18 companies from seven countries including Germany, the Netherlands, France, Greece, Oman, China and Taiwan will showcase their latest products and achievements in the event.

The foreign exhibitors are active in areas such as wires and cables applied in maritime operations, semi-floating docks, dredging, marine grade steel and etc, he added.

He said that his group is the agent of the world’s four large exhibition organizers including the Netherlands’ Europort, Germany’s SMS, Singapore’s APM and the UK’s Reed expo.

This international event witnessed many fruitful results after JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers which took effect in Januarys 2016), as some 116 companies from 26 countries participated in the exhibition in the Iranian calendar year 1395 (March 2016-March 2017), Izadkhah further noted.

“Regarding the sanctions, we have already attracted foreign companies with no trade interests in the U.S. and they are very willing to work in Iran”, the organizer of the event announced.

Elsewhere in his remark, he underlined that some recreational programs, such as competitions in the sea, are planned to be held on the sidelines of this edition of the exhibition which will make it different from its previous editions.

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