The Communication and Information Technology Minister, in meeting with the Trade Minister of Eurasian Economic Union, asked for more effort on behalf of both parties for concluding the implementation of the preliminary agreements in various areas of cooperation, including temporary free trade between this Union and Iran till the end of 2016.
The ICT Public Relation reports that in the meeting of the Iran-Russia delegations, held Wednesday in presence of Dr. Vaezi and Veronica Nikishina, Minister for Trade of the Eurasian Economic Union, the ICT Minister stated that: “Considering the quick pace of the negotiations for Iran to join free trade with the Eurasia Economic Union, we are now witnessing the bright horizons of cooperation, which will surely benefit from more haste.”
The Communication Minister went on to say that: “Tehran’s joining an extensive cooperation with the Eurasian Union is a firm decision on behalf of the I.R. of Iran, and the good relations between Iran and the countries of the union clearly shows the existing positive environment between the member countries of this Union.”
He expressed that: “In view of the achievements of the negotiation sessions between Iranian and Eurasian delegations, we are very optimistic about the realization of preliminary agreements by the end of 2016.”
Veronica Nikishina also stated her readiness in this session for realization of the preliminary agreements and the official finalization by both parties, expressing that: “Right now, simultaneously, two research reports are being drafted, one on the subject of the customs tariffs and one for pursuing the signing of the temporary free trade contract with Iran, to be finalized and presented to Vladimir Putin, the Russian President.”
She further emphasized on the value and importance of the achievements of the numerous meetings and discussions between Eurasian and Iranian delegates, saying that: “The success we are experiencing in the trend of the negotiations, are the direct outcome of the support of the Iranian officials which can be quite productive and fruitful for both parties.”
Nikishina also referred to the program for exchanging the lists, prepared by this Union and Iran, of the goods and products which tariffs can be lowered on a temporary basis, and said: “We expect Iran’s cooperation in increasing the number of authorized import goods from the member countries of the Eurasian Union so that in exchange, a greater number of Iranian products can gain access to the huge markets of our member countries, with lower tariffs.”
The Eurasian Economic Union, with a collective population of 180 Million people, include Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan and Armenia, consisting a land mass of 20 Million square kilometers; which because of its geographical position and closeness, counts as a huge market for Iranian goods and products.
Dr. Vaezi, co-Chairman of Iran-Russia Joint Economic Cooperation Commission, and head of the Iranian Delegation who negotiated with the officials of the Astrakhan Province of Russia to further increase inter-provincial cooperation, especially the Iranian regions in the shores of the Caspian Sea, arrived in Moscow today to continue the talks and to negotiate with the high-ranking officials of the country.
The Minister of Communication and Information Technology, during his 3-day visit to Russia, in addition to meeting with Veronica Nikishina, also met with Nikolay Nikiforov, the Minister for Communication and Mass Media, Denis Manturov, the Minister of Trade and Industry, and Alexander Novak, the Russian Energy Minister, and the Russian co-Chairman of the Joint Economic Cooperation Commission to discuss cooperation development and further expansion of bilateral relations.
It should be mentioned that by the commencement of the 11th government, Iran and Russia implemented a strategy to further expand bilateral cooperation and regional collaboration, breathing new life into their declining economic relations.
The parties experienced their lowest trade volume in the 2013 period, the figure dropping from $4 Billion to a little above $1 Billion.
Through the actions of the 11th government, in 2014 the trade volume reached $1.7 Billion, growing yet another 30% in 2015, and according to latest statistics, during the first six half of the present year shows a 69% growth compared to the same period in 2015.