Tehran, 27 July 2022 (TDI): The delegation of the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan REAP, arrived in Iran and was received by the Head of the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran.

The delegation came to explore trade and investment opportunities in general. It will also promote dialogue to enhance rice export to the neighboring country.

They attended the meeting held by DG Trade Promotion Organization Iran, Syed Aghazadeh. Representatives of the LPG Association & various Government organizations also participated.

The delegation discussed ways to enhance bilateral trade between Pakistan and Iran. They will also have meetings with representatives of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines, and the Mashhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The group also met with the Director General of the Iranian Food & Drug Administration. They discussed the food safety and health measures being adopted in Pakistan for rice exports.

Moreover, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Iran, Rahim Hayat Qureshi, hosted a lunch in honor of REAP chairman Ch Samee Ullah Naeem.

Remarks of Chairman of Rice Exporter Association

The chairman said the REAP would discuss the issues related to the resumption of rice exports and the implementation of the currency swap agreement. Furthermore, the delegation and Iranian authorities will discuss the condition of good manufacturing practices (GMP) certification.

He added that the unavailability of banking channels between two states is the only barrier to the drop in trade.

These dialogues between the leading businessmen and industrialists are meant to inspire the Iranian importers and investors to explore the healthy business opportunities in Pakistan.

The chairman further stated that he would invite the Rice Importers Association of Iran and the Government Trading Corporation (GTC) of Iran to visit Pakistan.

He will also call on the Pakistan commercial counsel in Mashhad. He hoped it would bring successful results for both countries’ trade and bring them closer. This would open doors for boosting the rice export to Iran, which will be a great Pakistan market.