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Banking Problems between Iran & UK being Removed Gradually

Boris Johnson, the UK foreign secretary, has underlined Iran’s importance in the region and also reiterated his country’s support for maintaining the JCPOA, the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany). In a Sunday meeting in Tehran with Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of […]

Intimidated by US, Major Banks Avoid Working with Iran

A member of Iran’s Money and Credit Council attributed major global banks’ reluctance to build banking links with Iran to the US government’s intimidating policies and obstructionism. Conditions are not still set for Iranian banks to make connection with the world’s top banks, Bahman Abdollahi, member of the highest policy-making body in the Central Bank […]

Europe’s Efforts to Facilitate Banking Ties with Iran “Not Sufficient”

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for American and European Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi said European countries have not made enough efforts to persuade their banks work with Iran. Addressing a conference in the French capital of Paris on Tuesday, Takht Ravanchi stressed the need for the European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the […]

New Int’l e-Wallet and Foreign Investment Capability

By Behnaz Ranjbar from Yekpay. Unveiling a new international e-wallet and Foreign Investment capability in the Iranian Stock Exchange in Kish INVEX 2017 After years of being cut off from global trade, the Iranian companies and businesses, which are steadily getting used to being reintegrated into the world’s economy, are now gradually enjoying the prospects […]

Iranian Banks Slowly Reconnect to the World

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. A recent string of “financing agreements” that various governments and international banks have signed with Iran indicates that Tehran is finding solutions to leave behind the bottlenecks in financing its international projects. The question […]

Half of Iran’s Banks should Close or Merge

By John Lee. Closures and mergers of Iranian banks will be needed to modernise an industry laden with toxic loans, according to one of the country’s top bankers. Reuters reports that Parviz Aghili [Parviz Aghili-Kermani], chief executive of Middle East Bank, estimated that a full re-organisation of the Iranian banking sector’s roughly $700 billion balance […]

Without Reforms, Iranian Banking Crisis Looms

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, concerns are growing that banks may be facing the same fate as credit and financial institutions (CFIs), many of which are believed to be on the verge of collapse. CFIs, many of them […]

Rasheed Bank applies to open Branch in Iran

By John Lee. Iraq‘s state-owned Rasheed Bank has applied for permission to set up a branch in Iran. At a meeting on Sunday between Iran’s Minister for Industry, Mining and Trade, Mohammadreza Nematzadeh, and Iraqi Minister for Industry and Minerals, Mohammed Shia ‘Al Sudani, Minsiter Al Sudani said he hoped the application would be approved. […]

Iran, Germany to Broaden Banking Cooperation

By John Lee. Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble have met in Berlin to discuss the expansion of banking cooperation between the countries. Schäuble welcomed banking cooperation between Tehran and Berlin, and said German banks are ready to upgrade cooperation with Iran. (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, IRNA)

FATF’s Decision Guarantees Banking Ties with Iran

Iran’s ambassador to Britain said a recent decision by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the policy-making body of the international financial system, to continue the suspension of anti-Iran sanctions would guarantee the country’s banking ties with foreign countries. In a post on social media, Hamid Baeedinejad pointed to the FATF’s meeting in Spain on […]

Expensive Deposits leave Iranian Banks 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. Iranian media reports show that many banks and credit institutions are violating a decision made last June by the Money and Credit Council, the highest policymaking body of the Central Bank of Iran, in regard […]

Iran Proposes Visa-Free Regime with Iraq, Trade in Own Currencies

Iran’s first vice-president put forward a proposal to lift visa requirements for the Iranian and Iraqi travelers, and also called for trade exchanges between the two countries using their own currencies, namely rial and dinar. Addressing a meeting of high-ranking delegations from Iran and Iraq, attended by the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and […]

Iran considers launching Petchem Bank

Iran is considering establishment of a specialized bank for petrochemical investments and financing, an MP said. Saeid Bastani, a member of the industries and mines committee of the Iranian parliament, spoke about the highlights of the committee’s Tuesday meeting which was held in the presence of Managing Director of National Petrochemical Company (NPC) Marziyeh Shahdaei. […]

Iran, Portugal Discuss Banking Ties

Ranking diplomats from Iran and Portugal in a meeting in Tehran explored avenues for boosting bilateral trade by removing obstacles to the banking ties. “The Islamic Republic of Iran tries to eliminate the banking barriers and enhance economic and monetary relations with the European countries, including Portugal,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in […]

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 […]