(nytimes) - Iran's non-oil products exported to Iraq during the first nine months of the current Iranian year, reports Trend.
(March-October 2006) reached dlrs 900 million, the Managing Director of Export Affairs Department in Mines and Industries Ministry, Hossein Esfandiari, said here on Friday.
Speaking to IRNA, he added that the figure for the non-oil exports to Iraq stood at dlrs 1.2 billion last year.
Regretting on missing some of the regional markets by Iranian exporters, he called for making plans based on consistent export, while blaming the exporters for lack of such plans as the main reason to lose the markets in the region.
Stressing the need for creating extensive relations between private and non-governmental organizations with their foreign counterparts, Esfandiari said that a great number of organizations are expecting the government to act, while non-governmental organizations such as joint chambers of commerce should actively act in this regard.
He termed customer-centeredness and high-quality products as the main keys to successfully and consistently participate in the international markets, adding that "a comprehensive plan for export quality system" is under study with participation of public and private sectors.
He called cooperation with prominent companies as the entrance corridor for Iranian exporters to global markets.
The managing director of Export Affairs Department in Mines and Industries Ministry underlined the necessity to hold efficient exhibitions in the target countries, and said the Iraqi Kurds and the United States' Joint Chamber of Commerce have held several fairs and meetings during a short period of time, while we haven't run even a single exhibition in Iraq yet.
Regarding the government's support extended to exporters for their participation in the exhibitions abroad, he said that Trade Development Organization has earmarked subsidies for the object depending on the type of the exhibition.