Paris, Oct 14, IRNA -- French Foreign Trade Minister Francois Loos
said in Paris on Thursday that Iran ranks first among France Trade partners
in the Middle East.
Speaking at a seminar on "Foreign Investment Prospect in Iran",
he said that the reforms made on foreign investment policy in Iran and
the country's suitable investment atmosphere have paved the ground
for expansion of bilateral trade relations.
On Iran's peaceful nuclear program and nuclear case pending at the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he added "France's policy
has always been to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons expansion
of industrial and scientific expansion with Tehran."
The initiative by the three European foreign minister of France,
Germany and Britain in their visit to Tehran was a victory of sorts
for the two sides and can be the best of guarantees for France.
He further thanked the Iranian economy minister in providing the
grounds for participation of the French companies in Quake-devastated
city of Bam. "We hope that the hospital gifted by France to the city
will open by the end the 2004."
The first seminar of Foreign Investments prospect in Iran was
inaugurated Wednesday with the participation of Iranian private
sector, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the French Employers
The seminar was attended by Loos, Iranian Minister of Economy and
Finance Safdar Hosseini featuring more than 100 French industrial and
The two countries experts have formed four committees to discuss
joint programs and activities in industrial, telecommunication,
finance and agriculture.
Meanwhile, Iran Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari, heading
a trade delegation, met here last year with French Minister of
Economy, Finance and Industry Francis Mer.
Mer welcomed Iranian delegation saying that the developments in
Iran bode well for expansion of ties between Tehran and Paris.
Paris sees no obstacle in strengthening bilateral trade ties he
said adding "The visit to Paris by the Iranian commerce minister is
the right step in bolstering relations."
Shairatmadari briefed the French economy minister on policies in
lessening the role of government in the Iranian economy, ceding the
state-owned enterprises to the private sector and other structural
adjustments in the economy in the past several years.
Implementing investment and tax reforms, unification of foreign
currency rates, modifying imported exports laws, amending tariff
regime and provision for establishing private banking system are among
other economic policies, he stated.
Currently there are suitable opportunities for Tehran-Paris
cooperation in telecommunications, aeronautics, and oil and gas
sectors, he said.
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