Iran-Serbia business meeting

by Cristian Florescu

On Tuesday, the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) graciously hosted a gathering of private sector representatives from Iran and Serbia. The purpose of the event was to discuss and explore potential trade opportunities between our two countries

According to the ICCIMA news portal, the meeting was graced with the presence of Niloufar Asadi, the acting Head of the ICCIMA International Affairs Department, and Dragan Todorovic, the esteemed Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

During the meeting, Asadi mentioned that a major concern for Iranian businessmen operating in the Serbian market is the considerable customs tariffs imposed on Iranians in the country.

She kindly expressed hope that the negotiations between the governments of Iran and Serbia for a free trade agreement will reach a successful conclusion and that the aforementioned problems will be effectively resolved.

The Iranian private sector is keen on staying updated about the signing and implementation of the free trade agreement between the two countries. On behalf of the private sector, ICCIMA desires to actively participate in these negotiations.

Asadi further emphasized that the ICCIMA is actively working towards facilitating opportunities for businessmen from both nations to enhance their mutual understanding by organizing conferences and facilitating delegation exchanges.

“The tourism sector, especially health and sports tourism, as well as agriculture, are potential areas of cooperation between the two countries. “There’s a huge potential for us to work together,” she said.

Highlighting the significance of monetary and banking concerns as major hindrances to Iran-Serbia trade collaboration, she kindly requested the embassies and relevant institutions of both nations to kindly consider implementing necessary actions in order to streamline banking transactions between the two parties.

“Barter trade can replace money exchange between two countries. Bilateral currency agreements can also be facilitated along this path,” the official added.

As per Asadi’s perspective, Iran and Serbia have the potential to enhance their relations by engaging in collaborative investments, joint project implementations, joint product manufacturing, and exporting to Europe or West Asia.

Todorovic expressed the positive political relations between the two countries, mentioning that in the recent month, three significant Serbian political delegations had visited Iran, highlighting the immense potential for cooperation.

Todorovic additionally mentioned that the 16th joint economic committee meeting of both nations is scheduled to take place in Tehran towards the end of October.

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