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Head of ICCIM in an International Seminar on "Iran-India Trade Ties"
In the International Seminar on "Iran-India Trade Ties" which was held with the attendance of Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Deputy of the Department for Training and Research of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, India's Ambassador to Iran and Head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines, the status of economic relations between Iran and India was explored and discussed.
According to the report of ICCIM Public Relations, Head of ICCIM, "Mohammad Nahavandian" stated that we should have futuristic vision and identify whether our commonalities have contributed to establishing close relations between the two countries, and whether we have achieved the highest level of cooperation.
Today, economy plays a significant role on global trade relations; as a result, considerable attention should be paid on the relations between Iran and India.
Nahavandian stated economic ties are always a win-win game due to the fact that the two sides benefit from it, adding that economic growth of India and China have surprised the world and their energy import is predicted to exceed import of Japan and America in 2030. He also expressed the highest demand of energy is for India which means that economic growth in India and China depend on providing energy resources.
Head of ICCIM also emphasized that energy security is a strategic necessity for India which leads Iran-India relations to gain more strategic status.
Studies show that during the years 2006 to 2030, $1250b should be invested in infrastructures in India from which a third fourth should be invested in electricity sector that is considered a huge market for investing in India.
There are many areas of cooperation in the fields of processing energy between Iran and India he noted, adding that there are good opportunities for investing in infrastructures in India such as road construction as well as in steel Industry.
India has more open policies and good amendments have been done in different areas which resulted in 7% growth during the last 20 years, he said, adding that during the global crisis India and China had 5.5% growth since both countries depend on their local markets which shows their successful economies.
In addition to bilateral cooperation, Iran and India can act effectively in the global system which is important for the negotiations regarding WTO accession and if Iran can have access to WTO, this can strengthen the issue as well.
Sanctions are harmful for all countries especially for those who have high energy demands; therefore, imposing sanctions against Iran which is the second producer of gas and the third producer of oil in the world will be a treat to all energy consumers because it limits investment in energy market and decrease supplying, so everyone should stand against imposing limitations on the energy market.
Deputy of the Department for Training and Research of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "Mohammad Bagher Khoramshad" stated in this seminar that both Iran and India are important countries in the Middle East. He also added 75% of energy resources are in Asia and the highest rate of investment was done in Asia during current years.
Dean of the Faculty of World Studies of University of Tehran, "Saied Reza Ameli" stated that our first priority for studies was India, adding that India has a civilization of 75 thousand years, but it seems that not sufficient attention has been paid to its studies.
He also noted it is necessary for Iranian students to visit India and Indian students to visit Iran to gain more knowledge about the two countries.
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