Iranian Exhibition Projects Management Company in close collaboration and full support from Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and Iran trade development organization, organized the 3rd Afghan – Iran joint exhibition from 2 – 5 March 2016 and would be opened to public for 4 days.
122 Afghan and Iranian companies from several sectors such as: Food, Agriculture, construction, infrastructure, energy, home appliance, cosmetics, personal care & detergents, medical equipment and medicine, mining, loom, carpets, petrochemical, Technology and telecommunication, urban services and tourism exhibited their products in this exhibition.
The inauguration ceremony of this exhibition was attended by high ranking officials of both countries such as Mr. Humayon Rasa Minister of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan, Mr. Mohmmad Reza Niamatzada minister of mining, commerce and industries of Iran, Mr. Dawood Shah Sabah Minister of mining and petroleum of Afghanistan, Mr. Mohammad Reza Bahrami Iranian ambassador to Kabul, ACCI leadership, traders, Investors and members of business communities of both countries.
Mr. Alhaj Khanjan Alkozay First Vice Chairman of ACCI, while welcoming the Iranian business delegation and participants, spoke about the past joint exhibitions and their impacts on economies of both countries.
Mr. Alkozay pointed out the current trade turnover among the two countries and said: “right now our trade with Iran is smoothly going on through Chabahar and Abas ports and I hope that with revival of Chabahar port the relations between two countries will be further expanded”. He also added that Afghanistan is importing different products worth around 1 billion and 6 hundred million dollars from Iran and is exporting various products worth 50 million dollar to Iran.
Mr. Alkozay emphasized on expanded cooperation between private and governmental economic entities of both countries, and urged for prevention of those policies which are negatively affecting business ties among both countries.
Mr. Mohammad Reza Bahrami Iranian ambassador to Kabul, called Afghanistan a great market for Iranian products and said: “Iranian companies must try their best to offer quality products to Afghan markets and they must also widely promote after sale services in Afghanistan”.
He also stated that by entering of banks of both countries into regular transactions, the trade between Afghanistan and Iran will be modernized.
Mr. Humayon Rasa, during his speech in this conference called Iran and Afghanistan two neighboring and friend countries with historical cultural bonds and added: “Afghanistan is importing around 16% of its necessary products such as oil, food products, Iran and cement from Iran.
Furthermore he termed lack of balance in Afghanistan’s trade balance and urged the government of Islamic Republic of Iran to facilitate export, transit and transport and also find great market for Afghan products.
Mr. Mohammad Reza Niamatzada, expressed Iran’s interest to exchange its experience with Afghanistan and said: “Production line must be transferred to Afghanistan in order to make the country one of the biggest exporting countries in the region”.
The economic relationship between Afghanistan and Iran have experienced significant progresses over past years and Afghanistan has become a good market for Iranian goods as well as Afghan traders receive trade facilities such as Multiple Entry Visa Issuance from Iranian Embassy to Kabul. Surely tireless efforts and role of the Iranian Commercial Attaché in providing such trade facilities has always been bold in terms of these progresses.
ACCI firmly believes that conduction of 3rd Afghan – Iran joint Exhibition is a great step toward further strengthening the business ties among the two neighboring countries.
It is worth mentioning that the First joint exhibition took place on 22 August 2012 and 2nd joint exhibition took place on 2014, at the same venue and was daily visited by around 12500 people.
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