ICCIMA to host Iran-Syria business forum on Monday

May 29, 2022 - 13:31

TEHRAN- Iran-Syria Joint Chamber of Commerce will hold an Iran-Syria business forum at the place of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) in Tehran on Monday.

The Syrian high-ranking delegation, comprising the representatives of the country’s private sector, is scheduled to hold B-2-B meetings with the Iranian counterparts on the sidelines of the event.

As recently announced by the chairman of Iran-Syria Joint Chamber of Commerce, the value of trade between the two countries rose 60 percent in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20) as compared to the preceding year.

In an interview with IRNA, Keyvan Kashefi said the prospects for expanding economic relations between the two countries are more positive in the current year, given the improving conditions for transit through the Iraqi border, the increase in flights to Syria, and the two governments’ trade agreements.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the current level of trade exchanges between the two countries, the official said: “Trade with Syria is not in proportion with political and social relations with the county. Due to the extensive political and social relations, there is also a demand for the development of trade exchanges and economic relations.”

He stressed the need for improving the infrastructure as a prerequisite for the expansion of mutual trade, saying: “Every trader needs to get his goods to the destination as soon as possible, but due to the fact that Syria does not share a border with Iran, the shipping cost and delivery time increases.”

Kashefi further noted that since Syria is also sanctioned like Iran there are also financial and banking problems in the way of trade with this country.

The head of the Iran-Syria Joint Chamber of Commerce stated that important measures have been taken to expand economic relations between the two sides, saying: "Last year we saw a 60 percent growth in trade with this country, but there is still a gap with the planned horizon."

Referring to Syria’s restrictive regulations for foreign trade, Kashefi said: "The exchanges between the two countries should be subject to preferential tariffs and in some cases even zero tariffs, so that we can speed up exchanges by reducing costs."

Earlier in February, Kashefi had said that Iran and Syria plan to increase their trade turnover to $500 million in 2022.

According to the official, currently, up to eight percent of all the products that are exported from Iran to Iraq end up in the Syrian market, not being recorded as imports from Iran.

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