ArmInfo. Prime-Minister of Armenia, first deputy chairman of the Republican Party of Armenia Karen Karapetyan is sure that commodity turnover with Iran could be reached at $1bln, as he stated during the meeting with voters within the framework of pre electoral campaign.
According to the Governement Head , there are plans to actualize investment projects at total cost of $55mln in Syunik. The talks are in progress over the rerunning of Kapan airport. "Speaking the language of nation, we took good start, and if you do not stop it, we will move forward with the same speed. I am sure, we will create a space in Syunik, where all the problems will be led to zero for the producer. But we have to use also that Syunik is the nearest neighbor of Iran," the Prime-Minister stated.
As the Head of the Executive Branch of the country stated, currently final talks are being done on creating free economic zone. "I think we will announce of FEZ (free economic zone),"he said. According to him, Armenian side has already suggested the partners from Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Belarus to use the space of Meghry for allocation of their funds to come to Iran. Karen Karapetyan also noted that from Iran side the talks are being done on creating a special company ,within free economic zone, of wide-scale export. " For today the commodity turnover with Iran is low, and forms $50-15 mln except energy sphere. In this field we have an opportunity to register phenomenal growth- and the idea that we are able to lead the index to 1bln is not high-flown," Karen Karapetyan noted.
According to data of National State Service of Armenia, foreign trade turnover between Armenia and Iran amounted 238.3$mln Jan-Dec 2016 with the annual reduction of 14.7% especially, export-74.8$mln with annual reduction of 8.4%, and import-164.1$mln with annual reduction of 17.3%. A year earlier, in 2015 the temps of reduction of these indexes were less inspiring, foreign trade turnover between Armenia and Iran reduced to 5.2%, with the export reduction of 8.2%. and import of 3.9%.