Iran plans to increase commercial attaches to more than double
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 6
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran plans to increase its commercial attaches to 30 from the current 13, said Valiollah Afkhami-Rad, the head of the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran.
The administration has approved dispatching 17 new commercial attaches to other countries, but the decision need special budget, Iran's Fars news agency quoted Afkhami-Rad as saying May 6.
He went on to say that the country's annual non-oil export is projected to be increased to $65 billion in the current Iranian fiscal year, which began on March 21.
After the Lausanne agreement, European countries boosted their presence in Iran, so that two German delegations, one Swiss delegation, and one Polish delegation traveled to the country, he added.
Foreign companies are willing to invest in oil, gas, and mining industries, he said.
Iran has set a target of $77.5 billion in non-oil exports for the current Iranian fiscal year, Mojtaba Khosrotaj, the Iranian deputy industry, mining, and trade minister, said in April.
The country is projected to export $61.5 billion of non-oil goods and $16 billion of technical and engineering services, he noted.
Iran's total non-oil exports hit $49.744 billion in the previous Iranian calendar year, showing 18.87 percent rise from $41.848 billion in its preceding year, according to the Iran Customs Administration.
The country's non-oil imports reached $52.477 billion in the past year, with 5.57 percent growth compared to the year before.
Edited by CN