TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Head of Iran’s Customs Organization Masoud Karbasian met with his Japanese counterpart on the sidelines of World Customs Organization conference where they discussed ways to expand mutual cooperation and signing an agreement on customs affairs.
During the meeting, Karbasian welcomed developing bilateral customs and trade cooperation with Japan and lauded Japanese government’s providing Iran with X-ray devices and training Iranian personnel.
The Japanese side, for his part, stressed facilitating cooperation with Iran in customs.
A Japanese delegation is going to visit Iran to facilitate signing a deal with Iran on mutual cooperation in customs.
Last November, Iranian and Japanese officials in a meeting in Bangkok signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to broaden their cooperation in monitoring and inspectorate fields.
The MoU was signed between Head of Iran's General Inspectorate Organization Nasser Seraj and the President of International Ombudsman Institute Stefan Holgersson during the closing ceremony of the 11th World Conference of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) in Bangkok.
Mutual cooperation in Ombudsman activities, investigating people's complaints and both sides' aims and responsibilities are the most important articles of the MoU.
Other articles of the MoU consist of exchanging information and experience in field of Ombudsman activities, including those related to rules and decisions made by executive administrations in Iran and Japan, exchanging delegations and experts of both sides to participate in communities, training seminars, meetings and international conferences.
In July 2016, Iranian Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs Hossein Zamaninia underlined the Japanese companies' interest in the development of cooperation with Tehran, and said Tokyo will invest $10bln in Iran's economic sector.
Zamaninia stressed aged-old relations between Tehran and Tokyo, and said that Iran is in negotiations with the Japanese companies on making investment in the Islamic Republic's oil sector.
Japan is keen to have an active presence in Iran's oil industry during the post-sanctions era.
Zamaninia underscored that the Japanese companies mull over making investment in different parts of Iran's oil industry, including petrochemicals, refineries and LNG sectors.
He said that the Japanese are currently evaluating investment situation in Iran, and added that Tokyo is also trying to purchase Iran's gas condensates.