0731 GMT November 19, 2017
The delegation headed by Phil Hogan, the European commissioner for agriculture and rural development, wants to study the existing potential in Iran to upgrade trade cooperation, especially in the agriculture sector.
The 70-member delegation plans to meet Iranian officials to discuss different issues including expansion of economic relations, the official website of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) quoted Kaveh Zargaran, the chairman of TCCIMA’s committee for agriculture, water and food industries, as saying.
The delegates are scheduled to discuss possible spheres of cooperation in joint investment, exports and imports, transfer of technology, and training courses with the Iranian sides in an Economic Forum to be hosted by TCCIMA’s Committee for Agriculture, Water and Food Industries on Saturday, November 11, Zargaran said.
He added that visits to a number of food production, animal husbandry and greenhouse units, as well as some chain stores, on Sunday have been planned for the delegates in order to make them acquainted with Iran’s capabilities in these fields.
The European officials will also consider opening an office in Tehran to facilitate economic relations between the two sides.
Currently, there are obstacles in the way of export of agricultural products to Europe, which can be removed through establishment of the European Union office in Tehran.
Iran is one of the world’s leading exporters of agricultural products, namely pistachios, nuts and saffron to the world.
Following the implementation of the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers in 2016, the European countries have increased their economic and political relations with Tehran.
Several giant European companies, including Total, Siemens, Renault and Eni have returned to Iran to resume their economic relations.