Germany keen to expand economic ties with Iran: envoy
TEHRAN – German Ambassador to Iran Hans-Udo Muzel said on Sunday that his country is interested in expanding economic ties with Iran in various fields, the Iranian Chamber of Commerce portal reported, industries, mines and agriculture (ICCIMA).
Speaking during a meeting with the head of the Iranian Small Industries and Industrial Parks Organization (ISIPO), Ali Rasoulian, for the extension of a previously signed memorandum of understanding on economic cooperation, Muzel said “I believe that the two countries should cooperate not only in the political and macroeconomic sectors, but also in the operational fields, and the Iranian Small Industries and Industrial Parks Organization is a key organization for such cooperation.
Germany has one of the largest joint chambers of commerce with 1,800 active members in Iran, which shows the depth of economic cooperation between the two countries in various industries, he said.
Expressing hope that the existing challenges will be resolved and good results will be achieved during the talks in Vienna, the official continued, “An agreement should be reached in the very near future, and because the opportunities are very limited, we should be ready to conclude business cooperation processes as soon as possible.”
Muzel further stressed the need to prepare for the formation of a new business environment between the two countries and said, “No matter what governments do; we want to act with strong faith and with the intention of creating opportunities from challenges”.
He mentioned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as an important feature and the backbone of the German economy and added: “In other European countries, small and medium-sized enterprises are also considered important, while ‘in France, there is an association of SMEs that covers the field of services, but in Iran and Germany, the activities are more focused on industry.
“There are many areas of industrial production in Iran and in this respect it is very different from other Persian Gulf countries; Because they are more active in the logistics and finance sectors, but are weak in the manufacturing sector,” he added.
Later in the meeting, Rasoulian, for his part, referred to the history of cooperation between his organization and various German entities and said, “Over the past five years, in addition to working with the German Ministry of Economy and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), ISIPO has also signed memorandums of understanding with the University of Leipzig and the German Association of Small and Medium Enterprises.
Referring to the positive contribution of the German government in the transfer of technology and the industrial development of the Islamic Republic, Rasoulian expressed the willingness of Iranian small and medium enterprises to cooperate with their German counterparts.
Photo: ISIPO chief Ali Rasoulian (left) and German ambassador to Tehran Hans-Udo Muzel exchange renewed documents on the MoU on Sunday in Tehran