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Iran, Iraq “Finalize” Payment Mechanism

Governors of the central banks of Iran and Iraq signed an agreement to develop a payment mechanism aimed at facilitating banking ties between the two neighboring countries. The deal on the payment mechanism was signed in a meeting between Iran’s Abdolnaser Hemmati and Iraq’s Ali Mohsen al-Allaq in Baghdad on Tuesday night. Speaking at the […]

Iran Falls in Transparency Ranking

By John Lee. Transparency International has said that Iran’s ranking has fallen eight places in its global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). From a total of 180 countries, Iran came in at number 138; last year’s position was 130 out of 180 countries. This result puts it on equal ranking with Lebanon and Russia, ahead of […]

Iran Ranked 138th in Good Country Index

By John Lee. Iran has been ranked 138th out of 153 countries in this year’s Good Country Index, placing it just behind Tonga and Venezuela, and ahead of Antigua. Iraq was ranked last, with Libya second-last. The idea of the Good Country Index to measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good […]

New Mechanism to Facilitate Trade with Iran

French, German and UK Foreign Ministers today announced the creation of ‘INSTEX‘, a new mechanism for facilitating legitimate trade with Iran in order to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. Joint statement by the E3 Foreign Ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian (France), Heiko Maas (Germany), Jeremy Hunt (United Kingdom): “France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in accordance […]

Iran, Syria Sign 11 Cooperation Deals

High-ranking officials from Iran and Syria inked 11 agreements, including memorandums of understanding (MoUs), in a bid to boost cooperation between the two countries in diverse areas. The documents were signed during a meeting between Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri and Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis in Damascus. Nine MoUs were signed by Iranian and […]

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Iran-Switzerland Payment Channel Ready: Official

The head of Iran-Switzerland Joint Chamber of Commerce announced that a payments channel has been developed and prepared to be inaugurated in a bid to boost bilateral trade between the two countries. In remarks released on Wednesday, Sharif Nezam Mafi said the financial mechanism has been prepared and its operational features have been announced. The […]

Iraq “must not be Reliant on Iran”

By John Lee. The UK’s foreign office minister for the Middle East has reportedly said that Iraq must wean itself off economic reliance on Iran and become more energy self-sufficient. On a visit to Iraq on Sunday, Alistair Burt (pictured) told Reuters: “To expect Iran to have no influence in Iraq is fanciful … What […]

Ilam Refinery Suppling Quality Sulfur for Export

Ilam Refinery, which runs on sour gas, supplies valued items like quality sulfur, while injecting refined gas to the national distribution network for domestic consumption. According to the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), Shahryar Daripour, CEO of the refinery, said that over a billion cubic meters of gas was processed in the facility annually, adding […]

IFCC Indigenizes GHP System

Iran Fuel Conservation Company (IFCC) has domestically manufactured a geothermal heat pump (GHP) system. According to an official with the company, Aqil Barati, the system is highly energy efficient and plays a key role in reduction of greenhouse gases. Today, with the ever-increasing demand for air conditioning and, consequently, an increase in the need for […]

Iran Falls in Ease of Doing Business Index

By John Lee. Iran has been ranked 128th out of 190 countries in the World Bank‘s recent Doing Business 2019 report, down from 124th place the previous year. Top of the list were New Zealand, Singapore and Denmark, with last place going to Somalia, just behind Eritrea and Venezuela. Libya ranked 186th, with Iraq 171st. Doing […]

Official Hails Growing Trend in Iran’s Exports to Iraq

The secretary general of Iran-Iraq joint chamber of commerce highlighted an upward trend in the export of Iranian products to Iraq. In a meeting with Iranian and Iraqi trade delegations, Hamid Hosseini pointed to a growing trend in Iran’s exports to the Arab country, saying its daily value stands at $45 million and sometimes reaches […]

Iraq ‘Not Obliged’ to Abide by US Sanctions on Iran

Iraq’s foreign minister said that his country is “not obliged” to abide by sanctions imposed by the US against Iran and would be pursuing options to continue bilateral trade. On December 20, the US granted Baghdad a 90-day extension to a waiver on abiding by the sanctions that were re-imposed on the Islamic Republic in […]

Iraq Emerges as Iran’s Top Export Destination

Iraq has emerged as Iran’s top export destination in the current Iranian year, an official announced. The director of the export bureau of Iran’s Customs Office, Ali Akbar Shadmani, said the value of the country’s exports since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2018) has surpassed $30 billion, with Iraq being the […]

Iraqi Dinar may replace US Dollar in Iran-Iraq Trade

Iranian ambassador to Baghdad said Iran and Iraq are weighing plans to eliminate US dollar in trade transactions and also lift visa requirements for citizens of the two countries. Speaking at a TV program on Saturday night, Iraj Masjedi said Tehran and Baghdad are considering plans to use Iraqi dinar for trade transactions or develop […]

Volvo Halts Iran Truck Assembly under US Pressure

Swedish truckmaker AB Volvo has stopped assembling trucks in Iran because US sanctions are preventing it from being paid, a spokesman for the company said on Monday. Volvo spokesman Fredrik Ivarsson said the trucks group could no longer get paid for any parts it shipped and had therefore decided not to operate in Iran. “With […]

Plant to Supply Power for 12 Petchem Units

Phase I of Damavand Petrochemical Utility Plant, officially launched this week, generates 648 megawatts of power to be fed to 12 petrochemical facilities operating in Phase II of Asaluyeh Petrochemical Hub, southern Iran. Addressing a press conference on Monday, Mohammad Reza Samiei, managing director of the plant, said the complex is being built to provide […]

Iran to Launch Major Urea, Ammonia Project

Iran is to launch Phase III of Pardis Petrochemical Plant which accounts for 65 percent of the country’s ammonia and urea exports. According to the plant’s managing director Hossein Shahryari who was addressing a press conference on Monday, Pardis Petrochemical Complex is the largest supplier of ammonia and urea in Iran and the Middle East […]

Iran Commissions its Largest Wind Farm

By John Lee. Iran has reportedly commissioned its  largest ever wind farm. According to Energy Digital, the Sihapoush wind farm, in Qavzin province, is set to have a capacity of 61.2MW and comprise 18 Siemens Gamesa SWT-3.4-108 turbines. It has been fully commissioned by Arian Mah Baad, with EPC being done by local Iranian company […]