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UK Banks “Close Accounts” of Iranian Customers

By John Lee. UK-based Blackstone Solicitors is reportedly handling more than 60 complaints by Iranian nationals who have had their bank accounts closed, allegedly because of their nationality. Some banks refuse to explain why they closed the accounts, while others cite sanctions against Iran as the main reason. The head of the firms Iran desk […]

UK Considers $600bn Opportunities in Iran

By John Lee. The Telegraph reports that British firms are “cautiously eying” opportunities in Iran, ahead of an expected $600-billion boom in trade and infrastructure investment by 2027. Amanda Clack, head of Infrastructure and consultancy EY, is quoted as saying: “Is there an opportunity here for UK business? Of course there is … Deliverability is […]

Iran, Pakistan Sign Banking Agreement to Facilitate Trade

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) signed a Banking and Payment Arrangement (BPA) to streamline trade transactions between the two nations. “The objective of this BPA is to provide a trade settlement mechanism to promote trade between Pakistan and Iran,” SBP said in a statement on Friday, DAWN […]

Can Iran avoid Looming Banking Crisis?

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. In Iran, there are two main approaches to how to avoid a looming banking crisis. The first is to get the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) to implement a major quantitative easing (QE) program — […]

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 […]

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, […]

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)