Cuba and Iran value shipbuilding and strengthen other businesses

Cuba and Iran value shipbuilding and strengthen other businesses

HAVANA, May 3, Cuba and Iran analyze the possibility of building ships with the aim of “satisfying the needs of South American countries,” according to the Portal Portuario website.The news is based on the statements of Ali-Akbar Safaei, head of the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) of Iran, who declared that his country and Cuba held “talks about the construction of ships.”

The objective would be “to use Iranian capacity to meet the needs of South American countries.”

To do this, and according to Safaei, Iran invested nearly 2 million dollars in the construction and infrastructure of the ports, an amount that comes from government and private funds.

Visit of Rodríguez Dávila to Iran

Last week, the Minister of Transportation of Cuba, Eduardo Rodríguez Dávila, and the Minister of Roads and Urban Development of Iran, Mehdi Bazarpash, met in Tehran regarding the former’s visit to the Expo Iran 2024 International Fair, which closed yesterday.

According to the Iranian news agency IRNA, both officials discussed “the development of cooperation in maritime, air and rail transportation.” Bazarpash noted that they had discussed “issues agreed upon by both parties in the maritime and air sectors.”

He further commented that the Cuban side had requested “the use of the port and navigation capacity of the Islamic Republic of Iran to export products and transport its cargo, which was accepted.”

Likewise, according to the Iranian agency, Bazarpash added that it was agreed to “establish a twinning between two important ports in Iran and Cuba so that Cuban economic operators and maritime transport companies can benefit from the port facilities of our country.”

Trains, planes and more commerce.

The Iranian official would also have assured that: “The Cuban side in the field of rail transport has signed a contract with Wagon Pars for the purchase of parts and repair of wagons.”

Bazarpash mentioned the holding of a Joint Economic Commission between both countries under the presidency of Havana, and said in this regard that “the agreements reached” were a prelude “to making important decisions” in that space.

Rodríguez Dávila referred to the issue, stating that the objective of the meeting was “to follow up on the agreements and understandings reached between both countries in the past and plan new projects,” according to IRNA.

The Cuban embassy in Tehran reported, from X, that the Chambers of Commerce of both countries had agreed on the “creation of a Joint Commercial Committee to enhance commercial exchange.”

The agreement was signed by the president of the Cuban Chamber, Antonio Carricarte, and his Iranian counterpart (ICCIMA), Samad Hassanzadeh, the embassy reported.

As part of the relations between both countries, last December authorities from Cuba and Iran already signed seven cooperation instruments that strengthen relations in the economic, health and scientific-technical areas, among others, he pointed out.