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The Iranian capital Tehran on Tuesday hosted a major Iran-Russia business forum at the Espinas Palace hotel.

Organized by the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mining and Agriculture (ICCIMA), the event brought together a 120-member Russian delegation as well as Iranian businessmen and officials, the ICCIMA portal reported. .

ICCIMA head Gholam-Hossein Shafeie, Russian Ambassador to Iran Alexey Yurievich Dedov, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Mehdi Safari and President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Sergey Katyrin was among the officials who attended the forum.

Developing infrastructure, a prerequisite for expanding trade

Opening the event, the head of ICCIMA, Gholam-Hossein Shafeie, stressed the need to improve transport and trade infrastructure for the expansion of trade relations between Iran and Russia, saying that the creation of transport infrastructure, the development of banking relations, the facilitation of the issuance of bank guarantees and the expansion of the activities of the green customs corridor are prerequisites for the development of relations between the two countries.

Referring to Iran’s major policy of constructive partnership with neighboring countries, Shafeie said: “In order to create a calm and stress-free environment for business, Iran’s private sector is emphasizing the use of capabilities diplomacy to develop economic and trade relations with other nations.

He further highlighted the capabilities of Iran and Russia to develop relations and said, “The main resources and capabilities of the two countries in various fields such as oil and gas, maritime transport in the Caspian Sea and general transportation along the North-South Corridor, information technology and electronics, petrochemicals, agriculture and food, metals and chemicals, building materials and textiles, pharmaceuticals , technical and engineering services, as well as the two countries’ desire for regional cooperation have paved the way for the expansion of bilateral trade.

Iran and Russia are working on a direct banking channel

Elsewhere in the forum, Mehdi Safari, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for economic diplomacy, said Iran and Russia were working on a mechanism to establish a direct banking channel between the two countries.

Referring to the visit of several Central Bank of Iran (CBI) delegations to Russia as well as the visit of some Russian bank representatives to Iran, Safari said: “The central bank has sent five high-level delegations to Russia who have conducted lengthy negotiations. [with Russian counterparts]. On the other hand, representatives of Russian banks have also come to Iran and the infrastructure is being prepared; As the central bank says, in four months our trade relations with Russia will be closed [conducted directly]and if this is done, such a relationship can be formed with more than 10 other countries.

Tehran-Moscow aims for $40 billion in annual exchanges

Also addressing the forum, the Chairman of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sergey Katyrin, said: “The roadmap to reach $40 billion in trade between Iran and Russia has been prepared and business people from both sides are waiting for the implementation of a free trade agreement [between the two countries].”

Highlighting the efforts of the Russian chamber to develop relations between Iranian and Russian businessmen, Katyrin pointed out: “As a result of these efforts, today more than 100 representatives and entrepreneurs from different provinces of Russia are present in this forum. , and we are ready to develop provincial relations between the two countries even further.

“In this regard, as highlighted during the meeting of the presidents of the two countries, various ministers of our country visited Russia in order to lay the foundations for the development of trade relations,” he said.

The official stressed the importance of the exchange of information between businessmen of the two countries and added: “The decisions were made in the Russian Chamber [of commerce and industry] to increase the level of relations with the Iranian side, and we took more than 100 people on this trip to show how important it is for Russia to increase its relations with Iran.

Iranian and Russian governments support relations with the private sector

Also speaking at the meeting, Russian Ambassador to Iran Alexey Yurievich Dedov stressed the support of the governments of the two countries for expanding economic ties and said government officials of Iran and Russia have met and talked on the phone several times ahead. find ways to develop relationships.

“By the end of this year, the presence of more high-level Russian delegations in Iran can create a basis for bilateral and multilateral relations and achieve economic goals. [set by the two sides].”

Led by Sergey Katyrin, the Russian business delegation, composed of businessmen active in different fields, including transport, food, construction materials, petrochemicals and petroleum products, international arbitration, etc., is arrived in Tehran on Monday.

After attending the forum, the delegation also plans to visit other Iranian cities of Rasht, Anzali and Isfahan.

On the sidelines of the business forum, Russian businessmen held B2B meetings with their Iranian counterparts.

Iran and Russia traded up to $4.63 billion worth of goods in Iran’s last calendar year (which ended March 20), according to an April report by the Customs Administration. of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRICA).

Earlier this month, Igor Yevgenyevich Levitin, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, headed a high-ranking delegation to Iran to meet Iranian Minister of Transport and Urban Development Rostam Qasemi , and discuss the expansion of transport links.

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