Iran Calls for Cooperation With South Africa on Energy
TEHRAN – New South African Ambassador to Tehran V.M. Khumalo yesterday met Chairman of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce Mr. Gholam-Hossein Shafei and explored ways for bolstering trade between both states.
During the meeting, Shafei said that South Africa is in crisis for providing required energy and Iran due to its capacities can help South Africa resolve this problem.
Both sides also underlined expansion of cooperation between chambers of both countries in provincial levels.
Shafei pointed to the good and amicable political ties of Iran and South Africa especially in interactions and meetings of high-ranking officials. He called for plans for enhancing economic relations as both countries have good capacities to work together.
The Iranian side also underlined joint investments by both countries, adding that Iran and South Africa had successful project in telecommunications and the cooperation can be expanded into other fields.
South African envoy Mr. Khumalo, for his part, confirmed remarks of Mr. Shafei and emphasized strengthen the bilateral relation. He admitted that there have been several meetings and exchanges of delegations in economic and political levels between both countries but their results have not been successful.
Pointing to capacities of both countries, he said Iran and South Africa can complete each other. Khumalo noted that he inspected SAIPA car-making company last week and he feels both countries can cooperate in auto parts manufacturing.
He went on to say that he also had a meeting with MAPNA company officials and he thinks the company can cooperate with South Africa in energy sector as the country is facing energy crisis.
He also pointed to the economic opportunities which are created after the sanctions, adding that sanctions will definitely cause restrictions but at the same time they create opportunities.
Khumalo also called for cooperation between chambers of commerce of Iran and South Africa especially in provincial levels, reiterating that Iran and South Africa as two NAM members have chance to develop their relations.
He also called for exchange of trade delegations between both countries in order that their economic activists could get acquainted with the potentials of both states.
It is worth noting that Iran’s export volume to South Africa in the previous year was 42.7 million dollars and Iran’s import from South Africa was estimated $30.4m
Officials of both countries have set target to increase trade volume to $2b.