Mandana Zanganeh, the deputy governor of the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan for economic affairs, made the remark while heading an Iranian delegation at the two-day meeting of the Pakistan-Iran Joint Border Trade Committee in Quetta on Wednesday IRNA reported.
"Iran’s Chabahar, Mirjaveh and Rimdan are open to Pakistani investors," she said.
She also put emphasis on launching new border crossings between Iran and Pakistan, especially the Rimdan-Gabd gate next month.
The official added the two countries, particularly Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province and Pakistan’s Balochistan Province, have suitable and productive capacities, noting, “We must seize these opportunities, especially in the areas of transport, trade and tourism.”
The head of the Iranian delegation proposed to increase working hours at the customs office at Mirjaveh-Taftan border checkpoint to 12 hours per day as of November 1 and gradually enable the office to provide round-the-clock services in the next three months, which was welcomed by the Pakistani side.
Zanganeh said the holding of a new round of the Joint Border Trade Committee meeting shows the two sides’ interest in deepening relations.
She expressed hope that by making effective and constructive decisions in the meeting, the path would be paved for achieving economic prosperity in the region, improving the lives of the two countries’ border residents, creating sustainable employment and strengthening border security.
Zanganeh announced Iran’s readiness to participate in the establishment of border markets in Pakistan, saying, "Iran can share its experience in building and running border markets."
The Collector of Pakistan Customs (Appeasement and Facilitation) at Quetta, Abdul Waheed Marwat, who led the Pakistani delegation at the meeting, said Iran and Pakistan have more than 900 kilometers of common border, which is called the border of peace and friendship.
"We seek to improve the lives of the border residents, help boost and find mechanisms to strengthen bilateral trade," he added.
He stressed that the holding of the latest meeting of the Joint Committee on Border Trade shows Pakistan's interest in and commitment to the development of relations and expansion of cooperation with Iran.
The head of the Pakistani delegation agreed to allow Iranian trucks to enter Quetta and continue on to other parts of Pakistan after obtaining permission from the country’s government.
Wednesday was the second day of the joint committee’s meeting.