Tehran to Boost Iranian Companies’ Activities in Kazakhstan
June 22. FNA
Iranian Deputy Commerce Minister Babak Afqahi said that Tehran plans to build up support for Iranian companies to help them expand their trade activities in the commonwealth states, Kazakhstan in particular.
“One of the policies of the government is to pay attention to the expansion of trade centers. Since we do not have good experience in supplying the markets of the commonwealth countries, we are seeking to have a greater share in the market of these states,” Afqahi, who is also the Head of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization, said in a conference to introduce Iran’s trade opportunities in Kazakhstan.
The official called on the Iranian companies to maintain good quality of their products in a bid to avoid any negative view by the commonwealth states about Iranian products.
Commenting on Tehran-Astana ties, Afqahi stressed that Tehran seeks expansion of bilateral ties with Kazakhstan, and noted, “Strengthening and promoting the two countries’ private and cooperative sectors in line with the two sides’ reciprocal investments is our most important objective.”
He also stressed that the two countries’ private sectors should establish Iran-Kazakhstan joint chamber of commerce.
Earlier in June, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in a meeting in Istanbul underlined active presence of both countries in regional and international developments.
“Using all the existing potentials in Iran and Kazakhstan for further promotion of bilateral and regional relations is in the interests of the two nations and the nations of the region,” Ahmadinejad said.
Nazarbayev, for his part, stressed that Iran enjoys a determining position in regional developments, and underlined his country’s resolve to strengthen cooperation with Iran in different fields.
“Iran and Kazakhstan have ample potentials for increasing the level of their bilateral relations and mutual cooperation,” he said, underlining that such capacities and potentials should be utilized.