Tehran Times Economic Desk
An Iranian delegation from Iran Chamber
of Commerce, Industries, and Mines (ICCIM) will leave Tehran for London in two
weeks in order to explore ways to boost trade ties with their British
Martin Johnston, the director general of the
British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce (BICC), expressed hope that the sides would
promote bilateral relations, adding that "despite existing obstacles on the way
of Iran-UK trade, especially in the banking field, the two nations have
continued business with one another."
Johnston said that Tehran-London trade saw a one percent growth in 2008 over its
British direct exports to Iran in the eleven months ended November 2008 amounted
to £360 million, he said adding the value of indirect exports through the UAE
was to the same tune, IRINN reported.
He predicted that the UK's direct and indirect exports to Iran will surpass £400
million in 2009.
The BICC Deputy Chairman Yousef Daneshvar said that despite global economic
sanctions, Iran is in trade with the UK via the UAE free trade zones.
Iran mainly exports dried nuts and fresh fruits to the UK, while it chiefly
imports spare parts for the oil and petrochemicals industry.
The British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit body based in
London which is in cooperation with the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industries,
and Mines to improve trade ties with Iran.
Iran Society, London
The Persia Society was
founded in 1911 but wound up in 1929. Its successor, the Iran Society,
came into being in 1935. Between them, these two societies have spanned most of
the twentieth century and a variety of phases in Anglo-Iranian relations. The
fact that our aims have been strictly non-political has no doubt helped us to
survive in periods of difficulty. Our aims are essentially cultural: to bring
together those interested in Iran's history and culture by means of lectures and
occasional publications, to spread knowledge and understanding of Persian
culture in the UK and thus to contribute to Anglo-Iranian understanding and
The Irano-British Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Mines was
first established in 1978 in Tehran. It was then called "Irano-British Chamber
of Commerce. Not long after, along with Islamic Revolution and all of the basic
changes, the chamber of commerce was ignored and totally forgotten. In other
words, and as a result, the Irano-British Chamber of Commerce was abandoned.
Although, the already founded Chamber was never dissolved, it was practically
suspended, This long 20 years of gloomy period, actually shadowed the close
relations between Iranian people and the people of the United Kingdom.
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