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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 […]