Iran Calls for Co­op­er­a­tion With South Africa on En­ergy

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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.

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