Kenya gateway for Iranian exports to Africa: Iran president
Iran’s outgoing President Hassan Rouhani has praised Tehran’s cordial relations with Kenya, saying the East African nation is a gateway for the export of Iranian products to the continent.
During a meeting on Tuesday with Kenya’s new ambassador to Tehran, Joshua Igweta Gatimu, Rouhani said Tehran and Nairobi have always maintained close commercial and diplomatic ties.
Iran’s president stressed the need for the enhancement of political, economic and scientific cooperation between the two nations.
Kenya’s new envoy said two countries have good cooperation in various political, economic and scientific fields, and said his main goal during the mission to Tehran will be to develop these relations more than before.
In January, Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari inaugurated an innovation and technology center in Kenya, offering to share the experience of Iran’s domestic knowledge-based companies with their Kenyan peers.
The vice president had visited Kenya with a 40-strong delegation of representatives of local knowledge-based and innovative companies to pave the way for the export of homegrown knowledge-based products.
Iran plans to make use of government agencies, private sector and international institutions to expand exports to Africa, according to Iranian officials.
Trade and economic cooperation between Iran and African nations are far less than the capacities and mutual interests of the two sides.
Experts say the main obstacles for trade between Iran and Africa is the lack of direct sea and air transportation infrastructures, high marketing and transportation costs.
Iran’s exports to African countries in first three months of current year registered a 350% hike, according to Iranian trade officials.
Farzad Piltan, a senior official in Iran's Trade Promotion Organization said Monday that about 834,381 tons of non-oil goods, valued at $340 million, were exported to the continent from March 21 to June 21.