Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg in Iran

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Minister of Fisheries Per Sandberg hands out samples of Norwegian salmon at an Iranian supermarket in Teheran.

The Norwegian Minister of Fisheries, Per Sandberg visited Iran from 27th of September until the 01st of October, leading a delegation of over 100 people and 62 different Norwegian businesses within the fields of seafood, aquaculture and the maritime sector. “The lifting of the sanctions after the nuclear deal gives way for enormous opportunities. It is not every day a market with 80 million people is opened overnight,” said Minister Sandberg, adding that Iranian authorities are very interested in both Norwegian salmon and aquaculture technology.

"It is our ambition that we constantly strive to develop new markets. Although we do not sell a lot of fish to Iran today, there is great potential," said Sandberg, and he emphasized that even though Iranians today only eat eight kilograms of fish per person each year, Iran is the world's fastest growing market for processed fish and the Norwegian aquaculture industry is experiencing increased interest in its technologies.

During his 5-day visit to Iran, Minister Sandberg had the opportunity to meet with several Iranian officials, including Mr. Hojjati, Minister of Agriculture, the leader of Shilat, Mr. Salehi and First Deputy Minister of Industry, Mr. Khosrataj. In addition to the political meetings, Minister Sandberg attended a seafood conference organized by the Seafood Council and Innovation Norway, and visited local seafood markets and businesses.

The Minister of Fisheries was accompanied by two State Secretaries, Dilek Ayhan and Roy Angelvik. Ayhan led the maritime program during the visit.

The last day of his visit, the Minister attended an International Fish Conference hosted by the Iranians in the Milad Tower. At the conference, he witnessed the companies AKVA Group and Aqualine signing 13 contracts with Iranian companies.