0423 GMT January 24, 2021
Making the remarks in an online meeting of the Iran-Austria Joint Chamber of Commerce, Abbas Baqerpour-Ardakani said the ninth meeting of the two countries’ Joint Economic Committee was held in Vienna, and the tenth meeting is planned to be held soon, IRNA reported.
The envoy said Iran is among the four countries that have a joint economic committee with Austria.
In an online meeting between the head of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO), Hamid Zadboum, and the Austrian Deputy Economy Minister for Economic Affairs, Innovation and International Policy Florian Frauscher, in September, the officials discussed holding the next meeting of the two countries’ joint economic committee.
They also discussed the roadmap for economic cooperation between the two sides.
In the meeting, Zadboum referred to the positive progress of the cooperation agreements and memorandums signed within the economic roadmap of the two countries, and said, “Despite the sanctions and their effects on Iran’s trade, there are still favorable conditions for the development of economic relations between the two countries.”
The TPO head also stressed the need to make some changes in the two sides’ joint working groups for the 2020-21 period, saying, “We welcome any proposals or opinions from the Austrian side and we hope that a document will be signed for the new period by the end of this year.”
Frauscher, for her part, underlined the satisfactory performance of the two countries’ economic working groups and stressed the need for constant evaluation of these working groups, in parallel, by both Iran and Austria.
At the end of the virtual meeting, the two sides expressed hope for the elimination of the problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the US sanctions.