Fast heartbeat of foreign interactions

Fast heartbeat of foreign interactions



Following two devastating world wars, the international community changed to give bilateral and multilateral ties more weight so that could manage global changes, differences and probably disputes through “expansion of relations”. The new approach was embarked on immediately after the World War II and materialized in the framework of several global and intergovernmental organizations including the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The main common cause for such initiatives and accords still was “expansion of relations”.


Throughout the past 40 years, the world has showed that expansion of relations would result in dispute settlement among countries as well as development of trade and economic cooperation. In the past four decades, the volume of world merchandise trade expanded 28-fold, outstripping the expansion of world production which grew about 8 times. So in these circumstances the volume of international trade has grown faster than the world economy and as a result, there has been a surge in world per capita income and world wealth. Now, according to the successful approach by the international experience, it’s time for us to focus on expansion of bilateral ties with world countries simply because we would be able to utilize these exchanges to its highest extend.


A key point I’m eager to mention is the pest of relations between Iran and international community which is due to short-term expectations and rush to judgment. Less than 6 months have passed after the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) but the question is “What was the result of these exchanges? And what have been achieved for the country’s economy after the visit of economic delegations?” Such questions were frequently brought up even before in many political gatherings and in the media and some people have been trapped in. These questions are traps that aim at lessening the acquirement of Iran’s economy from international interactions and disappointing businessmen and citizens about the result. The only answer is that if such pessimism is deliberate, it would be a historical cruelty towards Iran and its new age of economic development.


Expansion of bilateral ties and bilateral exchanges are no doubt the prerequisites to development of trade and surge in foreign investment in Iran. You couldn’t imagine a situation in which people who don’t know each other and haven’t reached an understanding of mutual needs, decide about investment. Big decisions with higher costs need more time to be implemented. When a person decides to buy an automobile or a house, spends days and weeks investigating. How can expect a foreign investor brings his capital to another country and does it in a couple of months?


And the final word; we need to benefit from our statesmen’s credibility and positive image for Iran’s economy. Now, Mr. Zarif is a highly-respected figure among the international community and has been accepted as a successful, intent and professional diplomat who is embraced in every country he visits. The prestige that Mr. Zarif has acquired could help add to the interest from other sides to attend the meetings with their Iranian counterparts. This approach will definitely result in bilateral trade and economic cooperation. We shouldn’t be hasty, we need to benefit from our potentials and respectable figures, and act based on well-thought plans. This process may take time but, I believe the outcome will certainly be more robust than any immediate and sudden upshot.

By: Pedram Soltani, Vice President of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture

Source: Taadol newspaper 

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