Tehran, Minsk keen to increase trade

TEHRAN, Sept. 19 (MNA) - Tuesday morning witnessed a one-day event on Iran-Belarus trade opportunities at Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) in Tehran. The opening speech focused on exploring 'ways and means' to increase exchange volume on both sides and identify the potentials for further investment and joint ventures.

"The Islamic Republic and Belarus enjoy warm relations and share common position on international issues," general trade manager on European and American Affairs of Commerce Ministry Abdolhamid Asadian said, adding there are still some ways to go to realize actual trade capacity between the two nations.

"Currently, tobacco, medicine, carpet, pistachio, raisins and automobiles comprise main part of the export volume to Belarus and by removing certain obstacles our exports could increase substantially," Asadian stipulated.

In continuation, Belarus First Deputy Minister of Industry Ivan Demidovich announced his government's readiness to expand trade and economic ties with Tehran and pointed to his country's considerable production capacity of industrial, agricultural, food industry and electronic machinery.

"Belarus manufactures 400 types of agricultural equipment sold at 100 countries around the world," he emphasized.

The trade exchange between the two countries reached $18m last year with Minsk taking a lion's share of $17m.