Ali Forouzandeh told a press conference that the
exhibition was a unique ecosystem among developing countries and showcased
Iran's oil and gas industry, which he said was the largest national asset and
source of income for the country.
He said the exhibition also highlighted Iran's
achievements in producing industrial equipment and providing technical and
engineering services for the oil sector, which he said was unmatched by other
developing countries involved in oil and gas.
Forouzandeh said the exhibition was expected to
host senior domestic and foreign guests, including Alexander Novak, Deputy
Prime Minister of Russia, who he said would probably come to Iran.
He said Iran and Russia would hold several joint
panels and a business forum during the exhibition, as well as a large B2B
meeting between Iranian and Russian companies before the opening of the event.
The official said the exhibition would also
feature 100 events, memoranda of understanding and contracts between various
parts of the Ministry of Petroleum and private companies, as well as 10
specialized sessions on knowledge-based companies.
The exhibition will run until May 20 at Tehran
International Exhibitions Center.