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03 April 2004 | 10:59 Code : 3691 Geoscience events
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Economic MOU Signed Between Tehran and Accra

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IRAN NEWS ECONOMIC DESK, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />TEHRAN -- Tehran and Accra signed an economic memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the second day of the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamal Kharrazi's visit to this West African country, IRNA reported. Ghana's Commerce and Industries Minister Allen Caer Mattan said during the ceremony on the occasion in Accra that Ghana's economic policies are considered as successful indigenous model in West Africa, partly due to the fact that foreign investments are fully secure there. Further elaborating on some of the special infrastructural features of Ghana`s economic status, particularly that country's road construction capabilities and marketing potentials in that field, the Ghanaian minister said, "Accra has valuable experience in that field in West Africa and beyond." Iran's minister of foreign affairs, too, elaborated on the shared political and economic stands and interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran and most African countries during the ceremony. He further elaborated, "Ever since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran has attached high significance to promotion of cooperation with African nations in various fields, believing that such ties can ensure mutual interests." The Iranian foreign minister emphasized, "Iran is ready to broaden its ties and cooperation with African countries, particularly with Ghana, and to present its experience and achievements to its friends." Kharrazi said that the Iranian merchants, firms` managers, and industrialists in the energy, electrical, water, communications, agriculture, bridge and road construction engineering companies, as well as other light and heavy Iranian industries, including auto manufacturers are ready to get involved in economic activities in Ghana. The minister of foreign affairs reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran can present the goods and services required by the Ghanaian nation and other African markets at high quality and reasonable prices. He regarded the broad presence of visitors at exhibitions displaying Iranian goods in most African countries, including Ghana, good proof for the capability of the Iranian products in Africa. Kharrazi said, "We are ready to make investments in Ghana's development and industrial projects based on mutual interests and beyond doubt the private sectors of both countries need to have a broad presence in pushing forth the two countries' policies dynamically." The Iranian foreign minister also visited the Iran clinic medical center in Accra on Monday. Affiliated to the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iran Clinic offers many medical services at cheapest possible costs to the low income Ghanaian citizens. According to latest state statistics, Iran Clinic is one of the medical centers with largest number of clients in Ghana. For instance, during the past three years 250,000 patients referred to Accra's Iran Clinic. The Iranian foreign minister meanwhile visited Ghana's Islamic University on Wednesday. Kharrazi is scheduled to depart Ghana's capital, Accra, following the issuance of a joint communique for Abuja, the capital of the central African country of Nigeria in the last leg of his West African tour. Nigeria is the most populous country in West Africa. Iran's minister of foreign affairs arrived in West Africa on Sunday on invitations extended to him by his Senegalese, Ghanaian, and Nigerian counterparts for a week-long tour of those countries. A high ranking economic delegation, comprised of deputy ministers and managing directors of the energy, health, oil, commerce, and industries ministries, as well as parliament deputies and private sector managers are accompanying Kharrazi in this trip



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