Tuzman, who is also the Turkish head of Iran-Turkey Joint Economic Commission, told reporters at Ankara Airport before departing for Tehran, "Turkey is the top participant at this years' Tehran International Trade Fair."
He said, "Iran-Turkey trade and economic ties is currently growing and 220 Turkish firms are participating at this year's exhibition."
Turkey's Trade Secretary added, "Thirty foreign countries are taking part at this year's Tehran trade fair, and Turkey ranks first among them in terms of the number of its participating companies."
He referred to the Iran-Europe infrastructure gas pipeline project through Turkey's soil as "one of the joint projects that needs to be financed and implemented in near future."
Tuzman and his accompanying delegation are expected to hold talks with Iranian officials, particularly with the representatives and heads of the country's private sector.
In latest available figures, the trade exchanges between Iran and Turkey valued at 1.448 billion dollars for the first seven months of 2004, showing a boost of over 11.75 percent compared to their value during a similar period in the previous year.
The trade exchanges between the two countries valued at some 1.296 billion dollars during the same period in 2003.
According to a report by the Turkey's state Institute of statistics released in August, Turkey exported 55.689 million dollars worth of goods in January while it imported 178.464 million dollars worth of goods from Iran.
The figures stood at 45.846 and 192.245 million dollars, respectively, in January 2003.
Some 283.9 million dollars value of goods were exported to Iran by Turkey during the first seven months of 2004 while 1.064 billion dollars worth of goods were imported by Iran.
Turkey's exports to Iran reached 271.68 million dollars over the same period. Iran's exports to Turkey, on the other hand, amounted to 1.024 billion dollars.
Iran accounted for 1.1 percent of Turkey's total exports while accounting for 1.8 percent in Turkey's total imports.
Turkey's imports from Iran registered a 3.9 percent increase over the same months compared to the figure in the previous year while its exports to Iran reveal an increase of over 41.3 percent.
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