ICCIMA holds Iran-Algeria trade webinar

November 3, 2021 - 15:4

TEHRAN – Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) has held an Iran-Algeria trade webinar in collaboration with the Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to explore ways of expanding economic ties between the two countries.

The online event was chaired by the ICCIMA Head Gholam-Hossein Shafeie and the Head of ACCI Shabab Tayib, the ICCIMA portal reported on Wednesday.

ICCIMA Deputy Head for International Affair Mohammad Reza Karbasi, Iranian Ambassador to Algeria Hossein Mashalchi-Zadeh, and Algeria’s Commercial Attaché in Tehran Ayash Vahwa, as well as representatives of Iran’s provincial chambers of commerce and the private sectors of the two countries, were also among the attendees of the mentioned meeting.

Using barter trading between the two countries, cooperation in the field of tourism, the introduction of joint projects, exchange of trade delegations, and revival of the two countries’ trade council were some of the major issues discussed during the event.

Opening the meeting, Shafeie stated that despite the historical and cultural similarities between Iran and Algeria and the expansion of relations at different levels, the economic relations between the two countries are not proportionate to the capacities and capabilities of both nations.

“The value of trade between Iran and Algeria in 2020 was reported at about $124 million, while the potential for cooperation between the two countries could exceed these figures,” Shafeie regretted.

According to the official, by removing some trade barriers facing the traders of the two countries, including banking and transportation barriers in the short term, the volume of exchanges can be increased to more than $500 million and with coherent long-term planning to more than two billion dollars.

Emphasizing that the Iranian private sector is seriously interested in expanding economic relations with African countries, especially Algeria, he said: “Iran and Algeria each have a significant geopolitical position and great potential in West Asia and North Africa and can be the pioneers of economic relations between these two regions.”

Further in the meeting, Tayib stated that Iran's economy is one of the top economies in West Asia and, like the Algerian economy, is based on oil, gas, and petrochemical exports.

"We seek to remove trade barriers between the two countries, considering the privileged political relations between Iran and Algeria. Algeria has plans to expand trade between the two countries. We are also looking to have joint projects with Iranian companies, especially in the fields of agriculture and health,” he said.

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Photo: ICCIMA Head Gholam-Hossein Shafeie (C), ICCIMA Deputy Head for International Affair Mohammad Reza Karbasi (R) and Iranian Ambassador to Algeria Hossein Mashalchi-Zadeh

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