Iran's exports to The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states rose 31 percent in terms of volume in the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 20).
The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) cited a report issued by the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) stating that non-oil exports to ASEAN countries in the past year weighed 1.3 million tons.
Last year, Iran exported about $1 billion worth of products to ASEAN countries, the report noted.
TPOI has taken necessary measures to enhance business between the Iranian private sector and ASEAN countries by signing trade pacts, sending trade representatives and delegations and holding specialized exhibitions, the TPOI statement pointed out.
The main exported products include petrochemical products, citrus fruit, carpets, pistachio, foodstuff (with halal brand), medicinal herbs, etc.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations was established in 1967 in Bangkok by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia gradually joined the group.
The goals of ASEAN are to expand trade, accelerate economic growth and cultural development, promote regional peace and provide assistance to each other in the form of training and research facilities.
The value of exports shows a 25 percent increase in comparison to its preceding year's figure of $2.447 billion, ILNA News Agency reported on Wednesday.
The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is an intergovernmental organization involving seven Asian and three Eurasian nations. It provides a platform to discuss ways to improve development and promote trade, and investment opportunities.
Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are the ECO member states.
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