Exhibition of Afghan, Iranian Products Held in Herat

A joint exhibition of products of Afghanistan and Iran was held in the western province of Herat, where the domestic products of the two neighboring countries were displayed.

The exhibition, which is being attended by Iranian visitors as well, will last for four days. There are a total of 22 stalls.

“The economy of Iran is complimented with the economy of Afghanistan. The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks to launch a production line in Afghanistan because all kinds of production technology exists in Iran,” said Ali Khaksar, an organizer of the exhibition.

“The introducing of the Iranian industrial businesspeople with the Afghan industrial businesspeople… can be effective,” said Ahmad Saeed Sideqi, deputy of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Herat.

However, the participants of the exhibition expressed concerns over the economic hardships in both Afghanistan and Iran.

According to the traders, the extension of relations and the facilitation of trade exchange helps bilateral trade.

“As the markets are down, this exhibition is good. The visitors come and see our products and their quality,” said Farhad Rahmani, a participant.

“The exhibition is an opportunity for traders to display their views, and goods,” said Hassan Mehrabi, a participant.

Iran’s consul in Herat, Mohammad Sediqi Far, said that the extension of trade between Afghanistan and Iran benefits the two countries.

“Recognition of the Afghan markets by major Iranian companies, their presence in the Afghan market and their physical presence, can improve their capacities which have been neglected,” he said.

According to official numbers, the trade rate between Afghanistan and Iran has reached $2 billion annually.

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