Tag Archives | Central Bank of Iran (CBI)

Will Iran’s Banking Sector Collapse?

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. Iranian and international experts have opined for some time that Iran’s banking sector is at risk of a financial collapse due to toxic assets. It is no secret that over the past decade all Iranian […]

Iran Replaces US Dollar with Euro

Iran Replaces US Dollar with Euro as Official Reporting Currency The Iranian cabinet on Wednesday approved a plan to replace the US dollar with euro in reporting foreign currency amounts. During a meeting chaired by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Wednesday, the cabinet obliged all ministries, and governmental organizations and companies to use […]

Iranian Banking Reforms Gain Steam after Long Delay

By Maziar Motamedi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The arduous path to independence in monetary decision-making from the government that many central banks have gone through remains the road not taken for Iran. But the new Iranian year, which began March 21, holds […]

MPs call on Central Bank boss to Resign as Rial Plummets

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. As the Iranian rial hit a record low, trading above 60,000 against the US dollar on April 9, criticism against President Hassan Rouhani and Central Bank Gov. Valiollah Seif has intensified. The rial has dropped in […]

Iran Unifies Exchange Rates to Halt Currency Slide

The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif said the country has unified its official and open market exchange rates as the Iranian rial plunged to an all-time low against the US dollar. Speaking at an open session of the parliament on Tuesday morning, Seif explained about the currency slide in recent […]

MP: $30bn Has Been Transferred out of Iran

By John Lee. Iranians have transferred $30 billion out of the country in recent months, according to a claim from an Iranian member of parliament. MP Mohammad Reza Pourebrahimi, who is the head of the parliament’s economic committee, did not specify how the money has been moved out; without access to the international banking system, […]

Iran Moves Closer to Ditching Dollar in Trade Activities

Iran announced that purchase orders by merchants that are based on the dollar would no longer be allowed to go through import proceedings. By announcing the policy, which is in line with an official request by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and is specifically meant to address fluctuations in market rates of the dollar, […]

Central Bank Chief Hails Economic Growth in Iran

The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif highlighted the administration’s success to push down inflation and stimulate economic growth after years, saying the country’s economic growth rate hit 12.5 percent last year. Addressing the 57th annual general assembly of the CBI on Sunday, Seif expected that the rate of economic growth […]

Six Factors driving Iran’s sudden Currency Devaluation

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 major and unexpected devaluation of the rial on the free currency market has taken many in Iran by surprise. Analysis of the behavior patterns in the Iranian foreign exchange market suggests that six […]

Iran Files $4.9bn Complaint against Deutsche Boerse

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI), also known as Bank Markazi, has filed a suit in Luxembourg against Deutsche Boerse’s Clearstream unit seeking to recover $4.9 billion in assets plus interest, the German stock exchange operator said on Thursday. The assets, frozen on suspicion of terror financing and in part paid to victims, include $1.9 […]

Cryptocurrencies could offer Iran way around Sanctions

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. Post-sanctions integration in the international financial sector has been one of the main challenges in the Iranian economy since the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in January 2016. As such, one could […]

Former Central Bank boss denies meeting Zarrab

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s former Central Bank head Mahmoud Bahmani, reacting to Iranian-Turkish tycoon Reza Zarrab’s recent statements in a US court, says he never met with Zarrab. In his testimony in a New York trial, Zarrab, who was arrested in the […]

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 […]

Iran’s Debt Market emerges as Key to Economic future

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. The rising issuance of various Islamic sukuk and, in particular, Islamic Treasury bills in the past three years in Iran is seen as evidence of the success and allure of the Iranian debt market. However, […]

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 […]

Iranian, Turkish Central Banks Ink Currency Swap Deal

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif and his Turkish counterpart, Murat Cetinkaya, signed an agreement, according to which the two countries can conduct trade transactions through using their national currencies. During a meeting between visiting Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara, Seif and Cetinkaya signed […]

Iran, Turkey to Finalize Currency Swap Deal

The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif, who is on an official visit to neighboring Turkey, said the two countries plan to finalize their trade exchanges based on currency swap. In remarks released on Tuesday, Seif referred to efforts to realize the goal of $30 billion of annual bilateral trade between […]

Iran, Turkey sign 4 Cooperation Pacts

Iran and Turkey have signed four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to deepen relations between the two countries: between the Iranian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance and the Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade; between the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and the Turkish Central Bank; between the National Library of Iran and the Turkish […]

Iran Signs €500m Deal with Danske Bank

By John Lee. Danske Bank has signed a €500-million finance deal with a group of Iranian banks. Under the agreement, the Danish bank will allocate resources to finance construction and production projects of the private and public sector in Iran. The Iranian banks involved include: Bank Mellat, Bank Pasargad, Bank Sepah, Parsian Bank, Saman Bank, […]

Iran, China Ink $10bn Finance Deal

The CITIC Trust, a major Chinese investment company, signed an agreement with five Iranian banks to open a $10bln line of credit to support construction projects in the Islamic Republic. The agreement was signed between the representatives of CITIC Trust and a consortium of Iranian banks at CITIC Group headquarters in Beijing on Thursday. The […]