Iran and Mauritius explore ways of economic cooperation
TEHRAN – The Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture on Saturday hosted the first Iran-Mauritius business forum attended by senior officials and private sector representatives from both sides.
As reported by the ICCIMA portal, the forum brought together a high-ranking business delegation from Mauritius who visited Iran to explore ways to expand business relations between the two countries.
ICCIMA Director Gholam-Hossein Shafeie, Iran-East Africa Joint Chamber of Commerce Director Masoud Berahman, ICCIMA Secretary General Mojtaba Modareszadeh, Chamber of Commerce Secretary General and Mauritius Industry (MCCI) Yousouf Ismael and the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister were among the participants of the mentioned forum.
During this meeting, the two sides discussed ways to develop economic cooperation between the two countries and reviewed the existing obstacles.
At the end of the forum, a memorandum of cooperation agreement (MOU) was signed between ICCIMA and MCCI.
Speaking at the event, Shafeie stressed that the Iranian government and the private sector have always attached particular importance to expanding economic relations with African countries and said, “We are determined to pave the way for businessmen from our country to reach African markets. .”
He described the prominent position of the Republic of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean Rim Association as one of the important capabilities of this country and continued: “This can lead to the development of Iran’s cooperation with Mauritius and other member countries of this union”.
“Iran’s privileged, strategic and geopolitical position in the West Asian region and the country’s access to the region’s 400 million market will certainly be a good opportunity for businessmen and commercial companies in Mauritius,” he added.
Stressing that Mauritius is known as the economic gateway to the African continent, the head of ICCIMA continued: “Tourism, banking and insurance services and maritime transport are among the most important potentials for cooperation between two countries. Mauritius purchases more than $1 billion worth of fuel and petroleum products every year, which will provide another basis for the development of relations between the two countries.
Elsewhere in this meeting, Ismael listed some of the benefits of trade with Mauritius and said, “We can be a suitable facilitator for Iranian businessmen to develop their trade with African countries.”
He further mentioned the unsatisfactory level of trade between the two countries and said, “We want to change this trend and therefore we visited Iran with one of the largest trade delegations.”
Mauritius’ FTA with China and India to facilitate trade with Iran
Ahead of the business forum, Shafeie met with Mauritius Minister of Labour, Human Resource Development and Training, Soodesh Satkam Callichurn, to discuss mutual economic cooperation between the two countries.
During this meeting, the official suggested that the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) of Mauritius with China and India should be considered as the basis for establishing a roadmap for the expansion of trade with Mauritius. Iran.
According to Shafeie, Iran can benefit from the opportunities this FTA could present for businessmen from both sides.
He further underscored the importance of exchanging information on the trade capabilities of the two countries between their private sectors.
Development of agricultural cooperation
Later on Sunday, the business delegation attended a meeting with members of the ICCIMA Agriculture Committee, during which the two sides discussed cooperation and joint investment in the agricultural sector as largest capacity in Mauritius.
During the meeting, Mohsen Amini, Chairman of ICCIMA Agriculture Committee, called Iran a land of opportunity, especially in agriculture, and said, “Joint investments and commercial cooperation in the agricultural sector should be considered by the two countries. In this regard, Iran offers good incentives.
Photo: ICCIMA Secretary General Mojtaba Modareszadeh (right) and MCCI Secretary General Yousouf Ismael sign the MoU documents in Tehran on Saturday.