Two-way trade opportunities between Western Australia and Iran will be highlighted with the visit to WA this week of a delegation of senior Iranian Government officials.
The delegation includes the Iranian Minister for Mines and Metals, His Excellency Mohammad Mahlouji, who opened an exclusive exhibition of Iranian decorative and construction stone at the Burswood Resort Hotel in Perth today.
At the opening, Mines Minister Gordon Hill said Iran was Australia's most important market in the Middle East and Gulf region - with Australian exports earning an estimated $380 million last year.
WA's exports to Iran last year totalled $37 million.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is clearly important to us as a trade partner," Mr Hill said.
"But in order for our trade relationship to grow and prosper we must encourage a two-way flow of goods so that we can expand our existing large trade in agricultural commodities and mining industry services," he said.
"A substantial number of WA companies are already trading successfully or are currently bidding for projects in Iran, and there are numerous opportunities for projects in the mining and minerals sector.
"Opportunities also exist for WA industry in the sale of ferries, prawn trawlers and wool, and for projects in ship-building, fisheries, aquaculture, construction, tourism, abattoirs and food processing, as well as land management and rehabilitation.
"This exhibition of high quality Iranian decorative stone and marble will introduce the product to the Australian market," Mr Hill said.
"As with any product in a new market, special effort will need to be applied to gain a market share, but I am confident that events such as this can only enhance future trade opportunities between our two countries."