Tag Archives | International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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 […]

What’s really driving Currency Depreciation in Iran?

By Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Iranian rial has lost about a third of its value over the last year, burnishing claims that the economy is stumbling. But while the devaluation is concerning, it does not point directly to […]

IMF Calls for Iran to Access Int’l Bond Markets

featured A new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) examining “selected issues” in Iran’s economy, including the expansion of non-oil exports and the role of women in the labor force, places special emphasis on the importance for Iran to develop the government securities market, which is a priority under the Sixth National Development Plan […]

IMF sees 4.2% Growth, Urges Financial Sector Reform

IMF Staff Completes 2017 Article IV Mission to Islamic Republic of Iran Real GDP growth is forecast to reach 4.2 percent in 2017/18. Iran is urged to advance financial sector reform. The IMF welcomes the reform of the universal cash transfer system to target income support to the poor in the proposed 2018/19 budget. An […]

No Change in IMF Policy on Iran

By John Lee. The Managing Director of the International Monterey Fund (IMF) has said the IMF sees no reason to change its policy on granting loans to Iran, despite US pressures and bans. Christine Lagarde (pictured) told a news conference on Sunday: “You know, we operate with 189 members, and we only provide support and […]

IMF Forecasts Economic Slump for Iran in 2017

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted an economic slump for Iran in 2017. “Iran’s economic growth will slide to 3.5 percent in 2017 from 12.5 percent in 2016 but is expected to expand 3.8 percent next year,” it said, The National reported. It added that other oil producing nations are also expected to see a […]

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 […]

IMF: US Anti-Tehran Sanctions Could Deter Investment

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said sanctions imposed by the new US administration against Iran are posing a risk to investment and trade with the country. “Renewed uncertainty regarding sanctions is dampening sentiment,” the IMF’s annual report on Iran’s economy, known as the Article IV review, said on Monday, AFP reported. It cautioned that the […]

IMF to strengthen Banking Ties with Iran

By John Lee. The President of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, has reportedly promised to launch consultations with US authorities to remove barriers on cooperation between international and Iranian banks. Meeting with Iran’s Economy Minister Ali Tayebnia on the sidelines of the annual World Bank summit in Washington, she pointed to the persistence […]

Finance Minister says Iran seeks ‘Resilient’ Economy

By Barbara Slavin, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran is pursuing a “resilient economy” that is less dependent on oil, has reduced nonperforming loans in its banking sector and is anticipating European participation in financing a landmark Boeing deal, according to Minister of […]

Economic Conditions Improving in Iran: IMF

A recent report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said there are signs of economic growth in Iran following the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Tehran and world powers. “Real GDP rebounded strongly over the first half of the year as sanctions eased post-JCPOA implementation. Oil production and exports rebounded […]

Video: Nuclear Deal one year on: Expectations vs reality

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. It’s been a year since Iran signed its nuclear deal with major world powers – a reduction in its atomic capabilities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani promised […]

Iran — Achieving its Potential in the Global Economy

By John Lee. A senior official with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that Iran must implement economic and structural reforms and tackle money laundering and terrorist financing if it is to reintegrate into the global economy. Mr David Lipton (pictured), the IMF’s first deputy managing director, made the statement in Tehran — this […]

Increase in Iran’s Foreign Exchange Reserves

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest economic report announced that Iran’s foreign exchange reserve had increased significantly. In its latest World Economic Outlook report, the IMF said the Iranian reserve of foreign exchange rose by 14.3 billion dollars in 2015, registering a record of 125.9 billion dollars. The report at the same time […]

How Sanctions helped Iranian Tech Industry

By Mahmoud Pargoo, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. As Iran moves to take advantage of the sanctions relief extended under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the recent drop in crude prices means that Tehran won’t be able to count on soaring […]

Private Equity Firm Sets Up before Sanctions Lift

An investment banker with dual UK and Iranian citizenship has set up Iran’s first private equity firm able to take foreign investment, according to a report from Business Insider. Xanyar Kamangar (pictured), who left his investment banking job at Deutsche Bank, wants to be ready for investment opportunities as soon as sanctions are removed. From […]

“Prospects for 2016/17 are Brighter”, IMF

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team has reported that comprehensive economic reforms will be needed in Iran if it is to benefit from the nuclear deal it struck with six world powers in July. It said real GDP growth is projected to decline from 3 percent in 2014/15 to somewhere between 0.5 to -0.5 percent in […]