EghtesadOnline: Slovakian Finance Minister Peter Kazimir said on Tuesday that representatives from three private banks are here to sign memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation with Iranian banks.
He made the remarks in a gathering dubbed as 'Iran-Slovakia Trade Cooperation Development' here in the venue of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mine and Agriculture.
Kazimir said that Iran was one of the important trade partners of Slovakia in the Middle East region before the imposed-sanctions and now 'we hope this cooperation to be continued and expanded', IRNA reported.
He said Iran is one of the most important world economic markets with plenty of opportunities and is known in Central Europe, so that many are interested to learn Iranian language and culture.
The Slovakian minister said that past year the two countries had good agreements on avoiding dual taxation and support for investment and now there are 15 companies in the fields of energy, banking, information technology and communication, mine, health, automobile and agriculture in this delegation , who are interested to establish trade relations with Iranian counterparts.
Head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mine and Agriculture Masoud Khonsari said in the gathering that in past years, because of international sanctions, Iran’s banking system had no suitable relations with foreign banks, so the most important step in development of economic cooperation between the two countries is creation and development of banking ties.
He expressed hope that Slovakia takes big steps in this field to prepare bright future for investment.
Officials of the two countries had several meetings with each other in the past two years, which indicates firm intention of both countries to establish all-out ties.
He said that currently 12 Slovakian companies are active in Iran.
Slovakian trade delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister for Investment Affairs Peter Pellegrini and Ministers of Finance and Economy as well as representatives from 35 private sector companies are in Iran to discuss and consider issues of mutual interests.