File photo shows Iran's trade fair in Damascus held in May 2011.
Tehran is set to host the first exclusive exhibition of Syrian goods with the aim of introducing the economic capacities of the Arab nation and promoting Iran-Syria trade relations.
According to Mohammed Hamoud, the Syrian official in charge of the event, the exhibition is the result of a free trade agreement signed between Tehran and Damascus in March.
He added that Iran and Syria have good economic relations and signing the free trade agreement has further improved the ties.
The Syrian official said Iran can be a good market for Syrian commodities and Syria can likewise be a favorable market for the Iranian goods.
“Iranian economic entities can enter other regional markets through Syria and strong and strategic political relations between two countries can help them take that step,” Hamoud said.
“Holding this exhibition in an area of over 7,400 square meters with more than 260 Syrian companies and about 600 officials of those companies present, shows how extended it is,” Hamoud said.
The Syrian official said all Syrian industries have taken part in the exhibition which makes it a real opportunity for Syria to enter the Iranian markets.
“More than 60 percent of the companies and producers attending the exhibition of the Syrian goods in Iran offer textile and clothing which is due to the fame of the country’s textile and clothing industries,” he said.
Hamoud stated that in addition to the textile industry, Syria’s foodstuff, animal hide, petrochemical, chemical, and cosmetics industries will also be present in the event.
He added that economic officials from Iran and Syria will meet on the sidelines of the fair which will be inaugurated by the Syrian Minister of Economy and Trade Mohammed Nidal al-Shaar and Iran’s Minister of Industries Mehdi Ghazanfari.
The first exclusive exhibition of Syrian goods in Iran will be held at Tehran’s permanent International Fairgrounds for five days, beginning April 28, 2012.