1214 GMT January 20, 2019
Using the capacities of the southeastern Iranian province is an opportunity for traders and economic actors from both countries to prepare the ground for joint investments and trade activities in the two states, added Sara Dien in a meeting on exploring ways to expand joint cooperation between South Africa and Kerman Province, IRNA wrote.
She said South Africa's free trade law has created a favorable condition for such activities.
Dien noted that South Africa is the land of opportunities.
She said, "We seek to produce Iranian products in South Africa. South Africa's penicillin shortage crises has prepared the ground for further cooperation between South Africa and Iran."
The other field in which the two countries can collaborate, Dien noted, is in water desalination due to the water crisis in the African state.
Commenting on the upcoming visit by the representatives of South African travel agencies to Tehran due in November, she urged Iranian officials as well as those of Kerman Province to present the tourist attractions of the country and the province to visitors from the African state.
She expressed her country's willingness to do the preliminary work to this end.
Dien added a South African trade delegation, comprising those involved in industry and mining sectors as well as processing industries, will travel to Tehran in December.
"We can bring the delegation to Kerman Province."
South African and Iran have always had good political relations the level of which did not undergo any changes in times of crises, she said, adding measures are required to raise the level of trade transactions.
Although there is no effective banking system between the two countries due to Iran's unfavorable condition in this field at present, the two sides, particularly South Africa, are required to find a way to increase trade to an acceptable level, Dien added.
Given that auto making and vehicle manufacturing industries are growing sectors in South Africa and such industries are active in Kerman Province as well, "we are ready to export auto spare parts to the Iranian province".
She noted that South Africa is a leading country in the mining sector, exporting its technical know-how, equipment and machinery to many countries.
"Kerman Province has great capacity in the mining sector. We can cooperate with Iranian companies [in the province] in the production of certain spare parts and transferring technology."
She said South African building construction industry needs to import cement, adding the country can turn into Iranian cement exports' gateway to other African states.
Dien called on Iran to meet South Africa's need for cement and building materials by signing an MoU.
She underlined that although there are a large number of palm groves in South Africa, the quality of the dates produced in Kerman Province are far better than their South African counterparts, which provides Kerman traders and economic actors with the opportunity to export the crop to the African country.
Dien said South Africa is willing to import Iranian rosewater which can be used in pastry making, production of cosmetics and hygiene products.
She noted that her country has set a five-year target to attract $100-billion in foreign investments, adding, South Africa seeks to encourage Iranian investors and companies to participate in the implementation of projects and production of goods in the African state, respectively.
She listed major South African export items as machinery equipment and spare parts, chemicals and petrochemicals, knowledge based tools and foodstuff, adding they all can be exported to Kerman Province.
Dien noted that South Africa and Iran have signed an agreement to facilitate visa processing for both countries' visitors, adding a special long-term visa will be issued for applicants of trade visa which will enable them to enter and exit the two countries several times.