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India and Iran
An Agenda for Cooperation
There was a time, before Persia became Iran, when rugs were the main item of the countryís export, second only to petroleum products. The rug industry, a necessity rather than a luxury, supplied the peopleís daily needs as prayer mats, divan covers, hearthrugs, sleeping blankets and saddle mats.
Other items of export were rice, almonds, dates, raisins, leather and skins, raw cotton, silk cocoons, gum, tragacanth and opium. Along with the UK and Russia, British India was the largest factor in Persian trade.
Iran today has much to offer, as India too has a lot to give. To explore and develop this mutual give and take, CIIís Principal Advisor, A. C. Patankar, recently visited Iran. This is his Agenda for further Indo-Iranian cooperation in trade.
As part of the Confederation of Indian Industryís (CII) initiative to strengthen Economic and Industrial Cooperation between India and Iran, A. C. Patankar, CIIís Principal Advisor, during a recent visit to Iran, held wide-ranging discussions with senior officials and agencies dealing with the development of Industry, Trade and Commerce. Specific areas of cooperation and ways to increase effective economic and industrial cooperation were discussed, and CII has now presented an Agenda for cooperation between India and Iran.
The main objective of the Agenda is to increase business between the two countries. CII, the premier national organisation of Indian Industry, will facilitate implementation of the Agenda for cooperation with the active involvement of the private sector and with support from various agencies of the Government of India. CII is also confident of receiving appropriate support from both the private sector in Iran as well as the Iranian Government and its agencies.
A high-level CII Industrial-cum-Business Delegation visited Iran from 19-24 October, 2002. The delegation also paid a day-long visit to Yazd.
The highlights of CIIís Agenda for Indo-Iranian Economic and Industrial Cooperation are:
1. Promotion of investment in Iran
2. Promotion of joint venture units
3. Promotion of joint production units
4. Joint projects involving long-term strategic planning
5. Joint cooperation for regional markets
6. Joint working for markets in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq
7. Development of IT
business in Iran with special reference to designing and
8. Cooperation with appropriate professional training institutions in India.