ArmInfo.Armenia and Iran intend to expand cooperation in a number of economic areas. It became known about the achievement of such an agreement following the meeting of Minister of Economy of Armenia Vahan Kerobyan andAmbassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) to the RA Abbas Badakhshan Zohouri .
According to the Ambassador, Iran has already developed a roadmap and a schedule for the implementation of joint programs with the Armenian side, which outlines the priorities. "Availability of the schedule and roadmap will allow implementing the programs included in the agenda of the Armenian-Iranian cooperation in a short time," the Ambassador noted.
According to the source, during the meeting, the parties also discussed issues on the agenda related to trade, industry (including the chemical industry), pharmaceuticals, tourism and other areas, including the implementation of promising programs, attracting investments, efficient organization of exports and imports between Armenia and Iran.
Stressing the importance of cooperation in the pharmaceutical industry, Vahan Kerobyan informed about the forthcoming visit of the Armenian delegation to Iran represented by representatives of pharmaceutical companies to discuss the possibilities of interaction and reach agreements.
During the meeting, the parties noted that in case of effective organization of bilateral cooperation, the volume of trade and tourist flows between the two friendly countries will significantly increase. In this regard, they stressed the importance of the implementation of direct flights in the direction of Yerevan- Sepahan (Isfahan).
The Ambassador proposed, together with the relevant Iranian body and the Tourism Committee of Armenia, to form a working group that will develop uniform travel packages to attract tourists from Europe.
The Ambassador also spoke about the interest of the Iranian side to participate in the construction of the Sisian-Qajaran section within the North-South transport corridor.
To note, according to the Statistical Committee, the foreign trade turnover between Armenia and Iran in January-April amounted to $ 136.5 million with aa y-o-y growth of 35.1%. At the same time, exports decreased by 19.2% to $ 22.5 million, while imports showed an increase of 55.7%, amounting to $ 114 million.