The Forum for Partners in Iran's Marketplace

January 2017, No. 82

Trade & Business

Iran, Netherlands Boost Coop.
on Energy, Water Management

The Netherlands’ Minister of Infrastructure and Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen-Maas Geesteranus held talks with Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian in Tehran (Oct. 22).

On the sidelines of the event, Renewable Energy Organization of Iran (known as SUNA) signed a cooperation agreement with a Dutch company on construction of a solar power plant in the country.

Pointing to various ways of cooperation between Iran and the Netherlands, Chitchian said the atmosphere for further cooperation provided by JCPOA and the meeting between foreign ministers of the two countries could help restore bilateral ties.

Iran and the P5+1 group of countries signed the nuclear deal, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, on July 2015. The deal went into effect on January 16, and resolved a long-running dispute over the Iranian nuclear program.

Environmental issues, water management and energy in industrial and agricultural fields can be an important incentive to improve relations between the two countries, he noted.

“Both countries have held numerous talks aimed at boosting mutual ties and cooperation in different areas and in this regard, Iran-Netherlands Trade and Culture Center was officially inaugurated in Hague recently.”

Chitchian underlined that the Netherlands possesses high-tech machines dealing with water as it is a country with many water resources.

Banking cooperation between the two countries is of great importance and with removal of the existing obstacles, good cooperation will ultimately lead to the intensification of economic relations between the two countries, he noted.

Melanie Schultz van Haegen, for her part, reiterated that the signing of the MOU would strengthen cooperation between Iran and the Netherlands in the areas of water technology.

“Netherlands can hold good cooperation with Iran in the field of desalination and the use of wastewater in agriculture,” she added.

She also referred to the issues including river, flood and water shortages management, knowledge-based cooperation and training managers in Dutch scientific and educational institutions as incentives to provide the grounds for enhanced cooperation between the two countries.

Earlier in May, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp and Iran’s Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Mohammad Khazaie in Tehran. 

The agreement entailed expansion of cooperation in the fields of agriculture, water, energy, ports and airports development, easing business conditions and fight against money laundering. The document also stipulated avoidance of double taxation and restoration of financial ties.

KLM Resumes Tehran Service: Meanwhile, Dutch airline KLM has resumed flights to Tehran, Iran, after a three-year recess.

The first flight landed at Imam Khomeini International Airport of Tehran (Oct. 21).

KLM managing director and chief operating officer René de Groot said that lifting Western sanctions on Tehran and resuming flights between Iran and Netherlands can help increase the knowledge of Dutch people about Iranian market.

There will be seven flights a week operating between Tehran and Amsterdam, de Groot said. 

Iran-Netherlands Trade Center: Iran-Netherlands Trade and Cultural Center was inaugurated in The Hague in September.

On hand for the opening ceremony were Iran’s Ambassador to the Netherlands Alireza Jahangiri; deputy head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Farhad Sharif; and head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Masoud Soltanifar.

Established by Iran’s private sector, the INTCC is the first of its kind in Europe. It will serve as a platform to showcase Iranian handicrafts, furniture, carpet and pottery while helping improve interaction between Iranian and Dutch traders and those active in creative industries.


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