The new, so-called ‘Iran Trade Centre’ was inaugurated in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, in the presence of Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei.
The new center aims to strengthen and facilitate trade between Iran and Russia, with the new center opening seeing officials representing 14 provincial chambers of commerce from across Iran officially initiate trade and commercial activities with their Russian counterparts. The opening of the new center, launched by the Gilan Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture, was auspicious, taking place 100 years after the closure of its predecessor in Astrakhan.
In this news report from Iranian state TV, the news anchor says, “A century after its closure, the Iran Trade Centre has revived once again. The newly inaugurated center, the first of its type, which is considered to be the first Iranian Trade Centre outside Iran’s borders, will have 14 chambers of commerce from various Iranian provinces officially launching their activities. Iran is the largest business partner of Russia’s Astrakhan region, and it’s expected that the volume of Iranian goods exported to Russia will increase substantially.”