Iran opening business centre for Balkans in Belgrade

A business delegation from Iran, with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at its helm, is scheduled to come to Belgrade in mid-March – the Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic has confirmed.

“The Iranian and Serbian delegation will meet in Belgrade, on 16th March to discuss economic issues and the free trade agreement between the two countries”, Ljajic adds.

They will also discuss visa facilitation, Iranian companies investing in Serbian infrastructure, privatization of tourist facilities in Serbia and establishing direct flights between Belgrade and Tehran.

“At the upcoming meeting we are also going to discuss Iranian companies participating in the privatization of 170 tourist facilities, hotels and spas in Serbia”, Ljajic explains.

The Serbian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, which was founded a year and a half ago, will also participate in the meeting. Since the Chamber’s establishment, Serbian and Iranian officials went on several visits which, according to the Chamber’s President Dr Said Hosseini, were geared towards boosting economic and cultural relations between Serbia and Iran.

Dr Hosseini also announces opening of the Iranian Business Centre for the Balkans which headquarters will be in Belgrade. He adds that although the last year’s trade between the two countries was modest (only 15 million USD), Iran is a big country that has a lot to offer to Serbia – oil, gas, zink, copper, agricultural produce, fruits and vegetables.

“On the other hand, we need wheat, maize and other cereals, as well as expertise in various areas. Serbia would have to work 24 hours a day in order to satisfy a small share in a huge demand in Iran and the region with several hundred million consumers”, Dr Hosseini adds.

(eKapija, 01.03.2017)

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