2nd Iran-Africa summit to be held on April 26

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2nd Iran-Africa summit to be held on April 26
2nd Iran-Africa summit to be held on April 26

Africa-Press – Namibia. The economy ministers of more than 30 African countries are expected to take part in the second Iran-Africa summit which is scheduled to be held in Tehran on April 26.

High-profile officials, including ministers of economy, from over 30 African countries are to participate in the international event.

In a meeting on foreign economic relations of the Islamic Republic on Tuesday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Mehdi Safari stressed the importance of holding the summit.

The event could be regarded as an opportunity to help develop the export of goods and technical and engineering services, he added.

Over the past 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has never given up on its principled policy towards Africa due to political and cultural commonalities, despite the sanctions, pressure, and disruptions of the West, and has always maintained itself alongside the people and countries of Africa.

During the Iranian calendar years 1384 and 1385 (March 2005-March 2007), the relations between Iran and the African continent increased in terms of trade. Still, since 1386, the economic relations between Iran and Africa have decreased due to the economic crisis and cruel sanctions against Iran.

Surveys show that in the past years, due to the lack of restoration of economic relations with Africa, the amount of trade with the countries of this continent has remained at the level of $1.2 billion, but according to Ghanadzadeh facilitating the trade route with Africa is happening now and it is expected that the trade figure with this continent will reach $10 billion in the next three years.

In fact, good steps have been taken to use Africa’s capacity, and Africa can be a suitable market for Iranian goods, Ghanadzadeh stated.

The official referred to the beginning of the 13th government’s measures to develop relations with the African continent and said: “Over the past [Iranian calendar] year 1400 (ended on March 20, 2022), a series of measures have been initiated, which were resulted in the visit of about 60 African trade delegations, active presence in the exhibitions of this continent, the opening of 10 trade centers, and the dispatch of three commercial attachés.

“As the result of these measures, Iran’s trade with Africa experienced a 100-percent growth from $650 million in the Iranian year 1399, and also in the first nine months of the year 1401, Iran-Africa trade was equal to the total trade of the previous year, and we also experienced a growth of about 700 percent in the export of technical and engineering services”, he added.

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