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Free Trade Zone Authorities Meeting

First IORA Free Trade Zone Authorities Meeting
Chabahar, Islamic Republic of Iran
19-20 May 2016 

The First IORA Free Trade Zone Authorities Meeting was held on 19-20 May 2016 at the Chabahar Free Trade-Industrial Zone (CFZ) in Chabahar, Islamic Republic of Iran.  The Meeting was organised by the Supreme Council of the Free Trade, Industrial and Special Economic Zones of Iran in collaboration with the Governor General of Sistan and Baluchistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and the IORA Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (RCSTT). 

The meeting was attended by 13 IORA Member States and three IORA Dialogue Partners and was inaugurated by Honorable Dr. Ishaq Jahangiri, First Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Deliberations at the meeting was focused on the importance of continued cooperation and exchange of information on Free Trade Zones in the Indian Ocean Rim region, as well as on the strengthening of free trade cooperation in the fields of Trade, Investments, Tourism, Hi-tech knowledge-based production and Technologies.  The establishment of a regional mechanism which would include specific National Focal Points for an IORA Free Zone was recommended by the participants. 

Delegates were also in agreement that continued cooperation strategies through proper networking for workshops and conferences should be supported by all IORA Member States and Dialogue Partners.  The Chabahar Declaration on the First IORA Free Trade Zone Authorities meeting was resolved and adopted on 20th May 2016, in Chabahar, Islamic Republic of Iran

Chabahar Declaration