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Trade and economic relations between the Republic of Tajikistan
and the Islamic Republic of Iran
The economic relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran which go back as of Independence cover different areas of trade and economy.
As it is usually stated in the annual Message of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon to the Majlisi Oli, the cooperation between Tajikistan and its neighbours, particulary, Iran should be strengthened.
Both States have legal framework for the development of bilateral relations and signed over 150 economic, cultural and trade agreements.
On the basis of Trade Agreement (30.04.02), Joint Economic Commission between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran was established for trade and economic cooperation.
The role of this Commission in expansion of bilateral relations as well as trade-economic cooperation between two contries is very essential.
It should be noted that as a result of the meetings of Commission, main areas of cooperation between the institutions, agencies and organizations of the two countries were identified. By reviewing the process of socio-economic, scientific and cultural cooperation, the Sides highlighted the possibility of joint utilization of resources for mutually beneficial cooperation.
Also, it was identified that cooperation in trade, industry, energy, transport, agriculture, oil and gas have more potentials, strengthening of which will lead to the increasing of turnover between two countries.
Turnover between two States: First of all it should be noted that trade exchange between two countries is increasing consistently. Even in 2009, despite of world crises, the level of turnover between two countries increased.
According to the Statistical Agency of the Republic of Tajikistan, the overall volume of turnover with Islamic Republic of Iran during last 11 years figures up 1 billion 455 mln., which is 116 % more than in 2002 (43,6 mln.)
Export: Aluminum, cotton, fruits, silk, beans, metals, plums, etc.
Import: chicken meat, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, tea, butter, macaroni, chocolate, confectionary, manufactured meat, soap, plastic products, pharmaceuticals, cement, glass-work, electric products and road vehicles.
Cultural relations between Tajikistan and Islamic Republic of Iran
Cultural relations between Tajikistan and Islamic Republic of Iran have always been stable and the cooperations acomplished are the evidence of excellent relations between two countries. This bond reached to a high point after opening the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tajikistan's capital city in 1991.
Cooperation in fields of culture and science between Tajikistan and Iran has been one of the outstanding pages in history of their relations. Exchange of scientists, teachers and students as well as developing cultural and muscial programs and participating in cultural and scientific conferences are major instances of the relations between two countries. Cooperation between two ministries of culture initiated during visit of Tajikistan delegation to Iran in 2007 had a great impact on developing the relations between two countries.
Organizing cultural weeks of the two countries within the past year, participation of artists and actors of the two countries at film festivals, production of joint movies (including movie-serial “Shukrona”), winning awards at "Fajr" theater festival “Rustam and Suhrob” play), winning movie awards at “Fajr” Film festival (”Kiyomi Ryz” movie directed by Nosir Saidov), participation of scientists and writers at annual Tehran international Book fair, exchange of knowledge between the two countries, publication of bilingual books of Tajik and Iranian authors in Cyrillic and Persian in both countries and participation of Tajik authors at First "ECO Poetry Night" held in Tehran are major instances of collaborations between the two countries. Movie-serial “Shukrona”, produced and directed by the Iranian party in 2007 with participation of Tajik actors filmed in two countries, was a major step towards strengthening the relations between the two nations.
Literary meetings were held in contribution to 17th anniversary of Tajikistan’s Independence and 1150th Birthday of founder of Tajik-Persian literature, Abu Abdullo Rudaki, in Tajikistan Embassy in Tehran on 12th of October with participation of diplomatic delegates, international organizations, guests from Tajiksitan as well as cultural and scientific figures from Iran.
With initiative of Tajiksitan Embassy in Islamic Republic of Iran and contributing to 70th anniversary of Tajik author Loik Sherali, a literary meeting was held at 24th annual Tehran Book Fair on 13th of May 2011.
On the basis of bilateral contracts between the two Ministries of Education, students from Tajikistan are studying at Iranian universities in cities of Tehran, Mashad, Ghazvin, Isfahan and Hamadon. Mostly students are being educated at sphere of literature. Also, some of them are studying at religious schools in cities of Qom, Gorgan and Zahedan.
For establishment of Tajik-Iranian school in Dushanbe, a building is under construction at present by financial support from Iranian Ministry of Education. Also 400 thousand books were contributed to Tajikistan schools by Iranian Ministry of Education.
Stable exchange of scientific delegations between the two countries has turned into a regular pattern. Numbers of Tajik scientist are continuing their PhD and M.A. courses at Iranian universities while more than 1300 Iranian students are studying for PhD and M.A degrees in Tajikistan universities as well. Primary negotiations hve been made for opening two Iranian university branches in Tajikistan.
Considering the above, it can be concluded that the tree of relations between the two countries has turned into one with lots of branches and leaves, growing and blooming more and more day by day. The main reasons of constructive relations are similar cultural and historical roots shared by the two countries.
As experience shows, the level of relations is set by intensity of cultural cooperations between countries because these relations represent the real attitude of countries toward each other.