Obama Secures Iran Nuclear Deal

By John Lee. US Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland has announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal, giving President Barack Obama the 34 Senate votes he needs to prevent Republicans from defeating the agreement. The number allows the President to veto a Republican resolution to disapprove of the deal, known as the Joint […]

NIOC Opens Office in Iraq

By John Lee. Iran’s Deputy Oil Minister has announced that an office of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has been officially opened in Iraq. According to a report from Mehr News Agency, Roknoddin Javadi (pictured), who is also the Managing Director of the NIOC, stressed the need to be present in neighbouring countries, adding […]

Iran building Middle East’s first Geothermal Plant

By John Lee. Iran is building the Middle East’s first geothermal power plant. The 50-megawatt pilot station at the foot of an dormant volcano in northwestern Meshgin Shahr, Ardabil province, is projected to come on stream in the next two years, accoring to PressTV. Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian (pictured) said the plant involves the drilling […]

Iran, Pakistan to Expand Trade

By John Lee. Iran and Pakistan plan to increase their annual trade to $5 billion over the next five years, following the removal of sanctions. Emports from Iran to Pakistan fell from $884 million in 2010 to $186 million in 2014 as a result of sanctions, while Pakistan’s exports to Iran fell to $43 million […]

Iran Targets Oil Exports, Regardless of Price

By John Lee. The Minister for Petroleum, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh (pictured), has reportedly said that Iran will raise its crude output by 500,000 barrels per day just few days after sanctions are lifted, regardless of the effect on the international prices. Iranian news agency IRNA quotes him as telling a press conference: “We are not […]

Iran, Azerbaijan Plan Joint Bank

By John Lee. Iran and Azerbaijan are in discussions to set up a joint bank to facilitate financial transactions between the two countries. Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mahmoud Vaezi (pictured), told Azerbaijan’s Trend News Agency that in addition to the joint bank, the countries are also in talks to open branches of […]

Iran to Offer 3 Gasfields for Investment

By John Lee. Iran will offer three gasfields to foreign investors at a conference in London in December, according to a report from Reuters. The Managing Director of Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC) said the gasfields on offer would be North Pars, Golshan and Ferdowsi, adding that Iran is due to unveil its new […]

Govt Expects 5% Growth

By John Lee. An Iranian Government spokesman has said that the government expects an economic growth of five percent in 2016, up from three percent this year, despite depressed oil prices. “Given oil revenue only represents 30 percent of the budget, the decrease in oil prices has had limited impact on government spending, including on […]

Rouhani’s Midterm Economic Scorecard

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. Was it a win or a loss? Checking Rouhani’s midterm economic scorecard Halfway into his term, it is time to evaluate the performance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s economic policies. This is particularly relevant since […]

Iraq, Iran to Resume Banking Ties

By John Lee. Delegations from two Iranian banks have visited Baghdad to discuss the resumption of banking ties between the two countries. Morteza Shahidzadeh (pictured), the Managing Director of Iran’s Keshavarzi Bank (also known as Agribank), and Managing Director Hassan Motamedi of Eghtesad Novin (EN) Bank, will meet with top Iraqi banking officials. According to […]