Iran, Spain call for bigger role of private hands

Iran and Spain take steps toward establishing closer private-sector cooperation.

A news bulletin of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) which was released on September 6, 2014 reported that Iran and Spain have held talks on expansion of mutual economic ties. The following is the translation of the short report:

Development of economic cooperation between Iran and Spain’s private sectors came up for discussion in a meeting between the International Relations Director of Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organizations (CEOE) Jose Garcia Morales and ICCIMA deputy director for international affairs, Ali Akbar Farazi.

The two sides stressed that their private sectors should be given a bigger role to play.

At the meeting Farazi recalled good ties between Tehran and Madrid and said, “Spain maintained friendly diplomatic ties with Tehran at a time when Iran was hit by international sanctions. Currently, windows have opened for the two countries to enhance their cooperation on different fronts.”

The two nations can tap into their huge potential to forge more cooperation in economic areas such as oil, gas, petrochemistry, mining, industry, tourism, agriculture, heavy machinery, car parts, and pharmaceuticals.

Morales, for his part, said the private sector in Spain is willing to expand trade ties with Iran, adding the non-state sector in his country enjoys good experiences when it comes to agricultural machinery, urban services, car parts and infrastructure management to share with Iran.


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