Tajikistan plans to boost trade with Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 30
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Tajikistan's ambassador to Tehran, Nematollah Imamzada said Nov. 30 that his country plans to increase annual trade with Iran to $300 million.
He also added that Tajikistan backs Iran's membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the news agency IRNA said.
"The bilateral trade decreased in 2014 by $35 million to $143 million," he said, adding that boosting the bilateral trade to $300 million will be possible thanks to industrial and commercial capacities of the two sides.
The Tajik ambassador said his country is honored to host the Iranian companies, because they are implementing different projects in Tajikistan.
Rahman Pourqorban, the secretary of the association of Iranian industrial, mineral, and engineering exporters, said Sept. 20 that Iran can meet 60-70 percent of the market needs in Tajikistan.
Except for nanotechnology and advanced material products, Iran can meet demands of the entire market in Tajikistan, he said, adding that Tajikistan can act as a gateway for Iran to boost its presence in CIS.
According to the Iran Customs Administration, non-oil trade between Iran and Tajikistan amounted to $267.3 million in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2014.
Iran exported $248.4 million of non-oil goods to Tajikistan and imported $18.9 million of non-oil goods from the country.