1201 GMT January 21, 2018
Iran and Ukraine discussed new opportunities to expand cooperation with a focus on the capacities of Anzali Free Zone (AFZ).
Managing Director of Anzali Free Zone Organization Reza Masroor held talks with Ukrainian officials during a recent one-day visit to Kiev which included meetings with Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Infrastructure for European Integration Viktor Dovgan and First Vice President of Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mikhail I. Nepran. The meetings were also attended by Iran's Ambassador Mohammad Beheshti Monfared and a number of Iranian traders based in the European state, according to a fax sent to Iran Daily.
Masroor also visited Iran's second exclusive exhibition which was held in Kiev during September 12-15.
The two sides stressed expansion of economic cooperation between Iran and Ukraine using AFZ's capacities and by presenting the zone's capabilities, potentials and investment opportunities in an exclusive expo.
Speaking in the meeting, Beheshti Monfared said AFZ possesses enormous capacities to promote trade.
In his talks with Dovgan, Masroor raised the issue of establishing a trade route linking the Port of Odessa in Ukraine with Poti Sea Port in Georgia, Port of Baku in Azerbaijan and the Anzali Port in the northern Iranian province of Gilan.
He added that the implementation of the project can play a very significant role in fostering collaboration between the two countries which was among the aims of his visit to Ukraine.
He added his trip to the European country was also been aimed at following up the negotiations and agreements held and reached earlier between the two states.
Commenting on AFZ's investment advantages and the tax exemptions for foreign investors, Masroor proposed the signing an MoU to expand cooperation in goods transit between Anzali Port in the Caspian Sea and the Port of Odessa.
The Ukrainian deputy minister welcomed the offer, adding the memo can be signed in AFZ in the coming month.
Speaking to Nepran, the AFZ chief called for expansion of cooperation between the private sectors of Iran and Ukraine to meet the two sides' needs for consumer goods.
He invited the Ukrainian official to AFZ at the head of a trade delegation to learn more about the zone's economic capacities and investment opportunities.
Masroor also proposed to Nepran to establish an office of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the zone.
In this meeting, Nepran expressed interest in the proposal and urged the two sides to come to an agreement on the standards to which products manufactured by both states should comply with.
He added given that Ukraine ranks third in Europe in the field of information technology, the ground is prepared for Iranian and Ukrainian companies to foster collaborations in this field.
On the sidelines of his visit to Iran's exclusive exposition in Kiev, Masroor held an expert meeting with Iranian traders based in Ukraine.