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New Phase in German Coop.

New Phase in German Coop.New Phase in German Coop.

A cooperation agreement between Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization and the German company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ, entered a new phase this week when senior officials from both organizations met in Tehran.

Last month, representatives from the state-owned German company traveled to Iran and visited protected areas, historical and cultural attractions, hotels and eco-lodges to assess Iran’s potential for sustainable development, the Persian daily Donya-e-Eqtesad reported.

At the conclusion of their visit, ICHHTO and GIZ issued a statement announcing cooperation on sustainable development, which includes sharing technical expertise and working together to tackle climate change.

The Germans agreed to advise ICHHTO on policy issues and help devise effective guidelines. They are expected to present their first recommendations next month.

In a meeting this week between Morteza Rahmani Movahed, tourism deputy at ICHHTO, and GIZ’s Chief Operating Officer Christoph Beier, Movahed proposed that the organizations expand cooperation to include projects in line with the UN World Tourism Organization-backed Silk Road Economic Belt initiative, which aims to develop sustainable tourism in Silk Road countries.

Located in the middle of the historical route, Iran is expected to benefit significantly from the development of tourism along the Silk Road.

Movahed and Beier also discussed the possibility of collaborating with China to develop Silk Road tourism. The details of the discussion were not immediately available.

Established in 2011, GIZ is owned by the German Federal Government and has headquarters in Bonn and Eschborn. The company, which specializes in international development, operates in almost 130 countries.