Qeshm Island, Aug 19, IRNA-A new trade hub was inaugurated in Qeshm Island in southern Iran on Thursday as another step towards connecting the provincial trade zone to the national and international trade networks.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the zone, the Administrator of Iran's trade network Kayhan Mashaheri-Fard said, "today the most crucial issue in the economic system, which is mainly based on knowledge, is gaining `access to various trade tools'."
"On this basis, Iran's trade hub is required to support small and medium trade companies (with less than 100 employees)," he added.
The ceremony was attended by the managing director of Qeshm Free Trade Zone Organization and a number of officials from the organization and heads of administrative departments.
Turning to the fact that the idea of trade hubs were first brought up in the world in 1991, he said that currently 135 such hubs are active in more than 90 countries.
"One of the world trade hubs in Iran, is based in Tehran. Besides, there are more than 33 such zones in the country today.
"Under the present conditions, the central trade hub mainly renders trade information and facilities to small and medium tradesmen. It also provides consulting services," he added.
Mashaheri-Fard hoped that businessmen will be linked to the international trade network via Qeshm Trade Zone and internet.
Trade hubs are meant by the Ministry of Commerce to provide tradesmen with the required facilities so as to enable them to get an active part in domestic and foreign markets.
"Presenting consultation services to small and medium trade companies and facilitating international trade are some of the objectives of the Ministry of Commerce in establishing a national trade network," he added.
The official said that trade hubs are one of the major forms of E-commerce as defined by the United Nations and that they have either been or are being established in almost every country.
"Given the facilities of such hubs, a growing trend of general access of tradesmen to their required information is underway. This will not only promote trade, but will also play a crucial role in reducing the expenses of trade exchanges," concluded Mashaheri-Fard.
Qeshm Island with an area measuring 1,500 square meters is situated in southern Iran and is one of the largest islands of the Persian Gulf.
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