British-Iranian commerce chamber resolved to continue activities: chairman

TEHRAN, May 26 (MNA) – Lord Norman Lamont, chairman of British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce announced that the body is resolved to continue its activities to boost bilateral trade cooperation with Iran.

In an interview in London, Lord Lamont said that all the activities and services of the chamber are underway as before, rejecting a report that the chamber in London has been shut down.

He, however, admitted that the London office of the chamber has been shut down in a bid to reduce the costs but reiterated that the chamber’s activities are being done and the meetings are held at the members’ offices.

In a tweet early Sunday, Iranian Ambassador to UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, rejected the BBC’s “scrambled and purposeful” report that the British-Iranian chamber of commerce in London has been shut down, and offered explanations to clear the misconception.

Baeidinejad explained that the chamber had rented an office in London for many years, but the contract ended last year, which required the chamber to look for a new office.

He added that the increase in rent prompted the chamber to come up with a solution to reduce expenses; therefore, the chamber decided to forgo the physical building and opt for a virtual/digital setup, and hire ICT technicians and rent conference halls when needed instead of having a permanent venue.

Baeidinejad further noted that the recent changes do not mean that the office has been shut down or is decreasing its activities; rather the changes are in line with using modern technology to better manage costs.

“The board of directors, as well as the chairman of the chamber, Lord Lamont, all remain in their positions, and the chamber will continue its usual activities without any changes,” he added.

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