Fabian Demicoli

GRTU meets candidate for Hon Consul for Malta in Iran

 GRTU Director General Vincent Farrugia and Abigail Mamo have this week met the candidate for the appointment as Honorary Consul for Malta in Iran.


Ms Tabatabaei, aged 37, is a partner in the firm Fichte and Co. Legal Consultancy, with main office in Dubai. Ms Tabatabaei specialised in Maritime Law at Southampton University and her career to date has concentrated on maritime and international trade issues. She lectures on marine insurance and maritime law at maritime training institutes.

Her name features on the British and German Embassies` lists of recommended lawyers. Ms Tabatabaei seems to be a woman of outstanding integrity, personality, and knowledge…impeccable reputation within the shipping industry and able to abridge the gap between different cultures. Ms Tabatabaei has been instrumental in having some 28 Iranian-owned tankers transfer to Malta register of shipping.

Mr Farrugia explained that Iran is a country that has it all: resources, people, geopolitical expansion, therefore for Malta to trade with Iran would be a big step forward. The Maltese are keen to find a bigger market than ours where to trade and apply our abilities. He proposed that the Iranians would help us penetrate their market and the Maltese would in turn help them penetrate the European market. Mr Farrugia explained also the advantages of doing political lobbying with a country as small as Malta.

Ms Tabatabaei confirmed that they posses all the natural resources such as oil, mines, gas and they have a very strong agricultural product. As to some figures 46 are the number of companies listed with the MFSA with Iranian shareholding and 79 are the number of vessels registered with the MMA.

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