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Why Iran moved to Unify Dual Exchange Rates

In an abrupt move, Iran moved to unify its dual exchange rates — one official and the other the free market rate — on April 11 to prevent further depreciation of the rial, re-establish the currency’s stability and empower banks. Why at that time, and how successful will the move be? The short answer seems […]

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Iran, Azerbaijan Inaugurate Joint Car Plant, Railway Project

Iran and Azerbaijan have launched a joint car plant and a railroad connecting Iran’s northern city of Astara to its namesake in the Azerbaijan Republic. The inauguration ceremony of the plant and the Astara-Astara railroad was held in Azerbaijan with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, in attendance. The joint car […]

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Are Iranians ready to ‘Buy Iranian’?

In keeping with the tradition of declaring an annual motto at the beginning of each Iranian year, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has named the current year that began March 21 “Support for Iranian Products.” Many observers say the motto is a continuation of last year’s, “Economy of Resistance: Action and Deeds,” and is a clear sign that Iran is continuing […]

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Bank Melli Iran, Aresbank of Spain to Expand Ties

Gholam Reza Panahi, Deputy Governor for currency affairs at Bank Melli Iran (BMI), has met with officials of Spain’s Aresbank. Pointing to the special potentials of the BMI in providing effective services to Iranian and Spanish businessmen, Panahi stressed on the development of broker relations between the two banks. Given the fact that the customers of the […]

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Big Growth Expected in Iran’s Car Market

Iranian car maker Iran Khodro (IKCO) expects Iran’s car production to hit 3 million units annually by 2025, of which 60 percent (1.8 million units) would be produced by IKCO, up from 24 percent in 2016. Addressing Iran’s 5th Automotive Industry International Conference in Tehran on Tuesday, company CEO Hashem Yekehzare (pictured) said: ‏“In 2016 the overall […]

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France to Finance Exports to Iran, Sidestepping Sanctions

France will start offering euro-denominated credits to Iranian buyers of its goods later this year, a move to bolster trade while keeping it outside the reach of US sanctions, the head of state-owned investment bank Bpifrance said. “We put a lot of preparation into this in 2017 and we keep on working, every single day, […]

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Foreign Financing in Iran Facilitated by JCPOA

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has eased Iran’s access to foreign financing for major projects in the country, First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said, adding that agreements to receive $12 billion in foreign funds have been finalized. Addressing an economic meeting on foreign fund reserves on Monday, Jahangiri said the JCPOA, the nuclear agreement […]

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Iran, India to Finalize Railroad Project Deal

During a planned visit to New Delhi, Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development and his Indian counterpart are expected to make the final decision about details of a deal on financing a railroad linking the Iranian southeastern cities of Zahedan and Chabahar, an official said. In a meeting with India’s ambassador to Tehran, Iranian […]

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Iran willing to Normalize Ties with KRG

Iran willing to normalize ties with KRG, but not without change Iran appears to be preparing to normalize its relations with Iraqi Kurdistan after two tumultuous months in which it helped Baghdad bring the Kurds to their knees following their ill-fated Sept. 25 independence referendum. Iran has expanded its influence in Iraq by delivering on its promises to […]

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Armenia Opens New Economic Zone on Iranian Border

Armenia has opened a Free Economic Zone (FEZ) in the southern city of Meghri, on the border with Iran, with some 50-70 operators expected to be involved in the FEZ over the coming years. Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan is quoted as saying: “Our intentions are quite serious because we are convinced that the conditions to be […]