12 years after the last session of Iran-Philippines Joint Economic Commission, in a meeting between Dr. Vaezi and Philippines Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, the parties emphasized on expansion of relations and holding of Joint Economic Commission’s sessions.
According to ICT Ministry’s PR department, during this meeting, Dr. Vaezi spoke as the head of Joint Economic Commission, referring to various cooperation opportunities between the two countries, stating that: “We need to have a better understanding of each other’s potentials and capabilities in scientific and technological areas, especially IT, ICT, and CT.”
The Communication Minister underlined the existing good and positive relations between Iran and Philippines, expressing that: “The reactivation of the Joint Economic Commission can positively impact bilateral cooperation in various areas such as, trade sector, oil industry, banking services, tourism and visa issuance and many more.”
Inviting his Philippines counterpart for a visit to Tehran, he asked for the holding of the Iran-Philippines Joint Economic Commission in near future, adding that: “We have to support the mutual cooperation of our private sectors in this regard.”
In this meeting, Laura Del Rosario, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Philippines, also extended her thanks to the Iranian government for supporting Philippines nationals residing in Iran and included that: “In consideration of the presence of nationals of Philippines in Kish Island, our government wishes to establish an Honorary Consulate there.”
She emphasized on the importance of cooperation in tourism sector, highlighting the facilitation of visa issuance formalities for further development of commercial relations between Iran and Philippines, saying: “Since Iran is very advanced in its pharmaceutical industry, we are going to increase our cooperation in this area with your country.”
The Philippines Deputy Foreign Minister also underscored the fact that Iran is one of the six nations which have a Joint Economic Commission with Philippines at Ministerial level, stating that: “We expect that by the establishment of economic and infrastructure work-groups, the sessions of the Joint Economic Commission will get underway in very near future.”