EghtesadOnline: A Syrian trade delegation is scheduled to visit Iran at the invitation of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture next week.
The delegation, including representative from food, automotive, chemicals, petrochemicals, minerals, maritime, aviation, steel, medical equipment, home appliances, agriculture, leather, textile and clothing industries, will attend a forum with Iranian traders on Oct. 20.
"The forum is a great opportunity for Iranian investors planning on entering the Syrian market," TCCIM Secretary-General Bahman Eshqi was quoted as saying by the chamber's website.
The visit comes after top representatives of Iran's private sector met with Syria's ambassador to Tehran last week to better analyze the role Iranian businesspeople could play in rebuilding Syria, according to Financial Tribune.
President of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture Masoud Khansari met with Syrian Ambassador to Iran Adnan Mahmoud.
The two sides discussed ways of expanding bilateral economic cooperation.
"A new chapter of economic ties between Iran and Syria will begin as Mr. Jahangiri travels to Damascus and several memoranda of understanding will be signed," Mahmoud said in reference to a trip planned by Iran's First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri that is expected to yield several commercial and economic agreements.
"Based on economic agreements that have been devised, companies in Iran's private and public sectors have been prioritized in the reconstruction projects of Syria," the Syrian ambassador said.
The TCCIM chief said he is happy that stability has returned to Syria.
"As the hub of credible and recognized businesses of Iran's private sector, TCCIM has seriously monitored Syria and its capacities for bilateral economic cooperation, while planning to develop ties between the private sectors of the two countries," he said.
Khansari also referred to the upcoming Syrian delegation and said plans are underway to establish an Iran-Syria Chamber of Commerce.
The official said that in light of the necessity of undertaking the quick reconstruction of Syria, Iran's private sector is ready to have an active participation in the process and to help rebuild Syria's infrastructures.
Khansari was accompanied by his top advisor Mohammad Mehdi Rasekh who also called for identifying and realizing opportunities for bilateral economic cooperation.
Mahmoud pointed out that since Syria is a member of the Arab League, it could become a hub for Iran's economic dealings with Arab nations since Iran could export its goods to league member states without tariffs and customs tolls after establishing factories in Syria.