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Bitcoin “Can Help Revitalize Iran’s Economy”

An American political analyst has said the Bitcoin payment network can help the Islamic Republic of Iran develop both its domestic and foreign economy, adding that the system could “create many jobs” across the country. “I can see the possibility over the next few years of a few hundred million or maybe a few billion […]

India Seeking New Payment Mechanism for Iran Trade

India is exploring setting up a new payments mechanism for trade with Iran, as state banks remain fearful of handling payments from Tehran in case the United States imposes a fresh financial embargo. Under previous Western sanctions, India had devised a barter-like scheme acceptable to Washington that allowed it to make some oil payments to […]

Bank of England “Reluctant” to Facilitate Iran-UK Trade

By John Lee. Reuters quotes informed sources as saying that the Bank of England (BoE) had recently turned down a request by Tehran to set up special clearing accounts for its banks. Such accounts, for Iran’s own Central Bank or for the British subsidiaries of Iranian banks, would allow them to make and receive payments […]

Pakistan Trade with Iran to Start Next Month

By John Lee. Pakistan and Iran will resume banking channels from next month to facilitate official trade between the two countries, according to a report from The News. Zubair Tufail, President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) said he expects the first letter of credit (LC) for Iranian trade will […]

Meeting on Closer Banking Ties with Latin America

Iran’s Foreign Ministry officials and representatives of the state-run and private banks held a meeting in Tehran to explore avenues for expansion of banking relations with Latin American nations following the implementation of the JCPOA. The gathering was attended by Iranian Foreign Ministry’s political directors in charge of Latin American affairs, representatives from Iranian banks, […]

IRISL seeking London Share Listing

By John Lee. The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) has reportedly held meetings in London to discuss a possible listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The company was removed from sanctions blacklists last year, and has already placed an order for new ships estimated to be worth $626 million. But according to […]

Payment App wins FinTech Award

By John Lee. A payment application for foreign tourists has reportedly won Bank Pasargad’s award for best fintech innovation at the First Fintech Festival. ZPay allows visitors to shop in Iran while keeping their money outside the country. (Source: CryptoCoinsNews)

Why do Iranian Banks remain stuck with Toxic Assets?

By Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On Feb. 26, the Iranian government got the go-ahead from parliament members to sell a total of 10 trillion rials ($308 million) worth of excess properties owned by the ministries of Information and Communications Technology […]

Banking Problems stall Linde Iran Contracts

By John Lee. Reuters reports that German industrial gases group Linde has revived plant-engineering contracts in Iran, but is unable to act on them until it can transfer money out of the country. It quotes CEO Aldo Belloni as saying that the contracts date from “years ago“, before sanctions were imposed. (Source: Reuters)