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165 Afghan Firms to Work at Chabahar Port

The government of Iran has issued licenses to 165 Afghan companies to invest and operate in the country’s strategic port of Chabahar that is on a course to open a transport corridor to landlocked Central Asian nations. “Among the 500 companies licensed to operate in the free trade zone of Chabahar Port, 165 of them […]

Conserving Iran and Iraq’s Wetlands

There’s growing awareness in the Islamic Republic of Iran that wetlands are valuable and sustain livelihoods. Ramsar, “the gem of northern Iran”, is the town that gives its name to the Ramsar Convention. The Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use […]

Dropping Interest Rates could Increase Inflation in Iran

By Navid Kalhor, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Real interest rates in Iranian money markets have risen to all-time highs under the administration of President Hassan Rouhani. This is due to the sharp reduction in inflation, which the administration boastfully declares as its […]

VP: Foreign Financing in Iran Facilitated by JCPOA

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has eased Iran’s access to foreign financing for major projects in the country, First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said, adding that agreements to receive $12 billion in foreign funds have been finalized. Addressing an economic meeting on foreign fund reserves on Monday, Jahangiri said the JCPOA, the nuclear agreement […]

Pardis Petchem Plant signs deal with KBR

Iran’s Pardis Petrochemical Company has signed a cooperation agreement with UK’s KBR, a provider or technical licenses for ammonia units. The deal is signed in the field of technical engineering services with the aim of promoting production technology at the Iranian facility, Pardis Petrochemical Plant’s public relations said. The agreement was signed on Saturday by […]

Iran Ministry “Not Involved in Talks” with Bombardier

Iran’s Ministry of Road and Urban Development has not held any talks with Canadian plane manufacturer Bombardier Inc., a deputy minister said, adding that the country’s private sector has been involved in business negotiations with that company. Speaking to Tasnim on Saturday, Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan said he was not informed of the agreements between the […]

EU Foreign Policy Chief reveals Iran Deal ‘Secret’

In order to sell the nuclear deal to domestic constituencies and the world, Iran and the P5+1 countries overpromised the benefits of the deal. But, despite public denials by those officials that the nuclear deal would lead to further negotiations over significant geopolitical issues, it did not stop a myriad of analysts and deal skeptics […]

Austrian Company signs Study Deal with IDRO

The Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO Group) has signed a deal with Austria’s HOT Engineering for carrying out studies on Susangerd Oilfield in Iran. The group had previously signed a cooperation deal with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) for developing the field. The document entails putting together a master development plan […]

Venezuela Eager for Energy Ties with Iran

President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro called for closer cooperation with Iran by strengthening partnership in the energy industry. Cooperation between the Iranian and Venezuelan oil and gas companies could pave the way for the enhancement of bilateral ties between Tehran and Caracas, Maduro said in a meeting with Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri on Friday […]

How Iran is Winning game of chess in Kirkuk

By Fazel Hawramy for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  For now, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has pushed the separatist Kurds back and extended the power of the federal government once again to the areas considered disputed under the […]

Pergas Submits Proposal for Developing Irans Karanj Oilfield

Pergas Consortium, a group of international oil and gas companies, submitted its development proposals for Karanj Oilfield, a reservoir in Khuzestan Province. Bijan Alipour, managing director of the National Iranian South Oil Company, made the statement on the sidelines of a meeting with Pergas officials, including Colin Rowley, in Tehran on Tuesday, the National Iranian […]

Iran sees Challenge of Kurdish Referendum as Opportunity

By Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Up until the last day before the Sept. 25 Kurdish independence referendum, Iran was still dealing with the event with a sense of disbelief and with the misconception that it would be called off […]

Iranians rail against Apple, Google over pulling of Apps

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Imagine trying to hail an Uber on a street corner only for the Uber app on your iPhone to suddenly stop working. That’s what happened to some Iranians when Apple pulled Snapp, a popular […]

Iran, Turkey move to re-establish Role as Regional Backbone

By Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran and Turkey are among the oldest rivals in the Middle East. This rivalry between the former Ottoman and Persian empires has calmed in recent decades, yet, with the spark of the Arab Spring, the two […]

Iranians find shortcut to EU visas

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranians who wish to travel to the European Union face myriad challenges, in particular obtaining visas. Indeed, the state of political relations between Tehran and the EU states has made the visa application process […]

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Iran needs New Development Vision

By Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Since the end of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, Iran’s development policies and investment plans have been formulated in so-called five-year plans (5YPs), with the first one starting in 1989. Five 5YPs have been […]

Video: Has Rouhani succeeded in reforming Iran?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came into power in a landslide victory in 2013 on promises of reform and social and economic progress. Although Rouhani’s administration succeeded in negotiating the 2015 nuclear deal, many […]

Why Iranian Govt’s Debt Problem isn’t going away

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. The administration of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani made three decisions on Jan. 30 that officials say will financially shore up commercial banks until the end of the Iranian fiscal year on March 20. However, the […]

Iran to Build New Gas Export Pipeline to Iraq

By John Lee. The Planning Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) has said that Iran has started work on the second pipeline for exports of natural gas from Iran to Iraq. Hassan Montazer Torbati (pictured) said construction of the pipeline to south Iraq had begun on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) contract. The first pipeline […]

UN warns: Prisoners of Conscience at Risk of Death

Raising alarm over the health of several prisoners of conscience in Iran, who have been on a prolonged hunger strike contesting the legality of their detention, the United Nations expert on the human rights situation there urged the authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release all those who have been arbitrarily arrested, detained and prosecuted for […]