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4/28/05

Foreign diplomats to tour Qeshm Free Trade Zone

Qeshm Island, Hormuzgan prov, April 27, IRNA-Head of the Foreign Ministry Representative Office in Qeshm Island in southern Iran, Bahram Cheraghi, told IRNA here Wednesday that ambassadors of some countries to Tehran are expected to study the prospects of foreign investment in Qeshm Free Trade Zone (QFTZ) during a tour of the island on Thursday.

He added that during the upcoming visit, the foreign diplomats are scheduled to be briefed on economic projects currently undertaken in foreign countries by QFTZ including those implemented in cooperation with Iranian embassies.

"The ambassadors of seven Asian and European states including Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Iraq and Switzerland will visit Qeshm to get an idea on the potentials and economic projects underway in QFTZ.

"In addition, the Indian commercial consul in Bandar Abbas as well as the first secretary for commercial affairs of the South Korean Embassy in Iran will accompany the foreign ambassadors to Qeshm," he added.

Cheraghi said that during the visit the diplomats will inspect the Persian Gulf multi-purpose bridge project currently under construction, which once completed will connect Qeshm and the region to the North-South Corridor.

He added that the Persian Gulf Biotechnology Center and several industrial complexes in the island will also be inspected by the visiting delegation during its two-day visit.

"The ambassadors and charges d'affaires of several foreign missions in Tehran have already visited the area to get acquainted with the ongoing economic projects and its potentials in close coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," added the official.

Turning to the role of international seminars in raising the QFTZ economic status, he said that holding such conferences arranged jointly by QFTZ and the Foreign Ministry create appropriate grounds for availing investment opportunities in the area to foreign and domestic investors.

He pointed to Qeshm as a strategic area and said, "Through close cooperation between officials in charge, the available potentials can be used in various domains.

"Transit of goods and investment in oil projects, such as supplying the vessels trafficking in the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea with the required fuel are examples of using such potentials," he concluded.

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