The Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has signed a 4-year MoU to establish a free trade zone between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union. The interim agreement was published online on the Russian government’s official website yesterday, whereby Iran and the EAEU will operate a free trade zone for a period of four years.
On a Wednesday meeting by the cabinet, helmed by President Rouhani, all ministries and governmental organizations and companies will use the euro as the basis for reporting and disseminating statistics, information, and financial data.
At the meeting of the 10-member delegation from the Austrian railways industry with the Deputy of International Affairs of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines & Agriculture (TCCIM), the two sides emphasized the development of bilateral cooperation in rail transport.
Iran’s Minister of Petroleum has said that talks with his Indian counterpart were focused on Indian imports of oil from Iran and Farzad B gas field, and added: “Outstanding issues pertaining to the Farzad B oil field between Iran and India have also been resolved.”
Dr Mahdi Pazouki, Economist, told Persia Digest: “Currency fluctuations in Iran have two reasons. The financial reason is the volume of liquidity in the Iranian economy, which is tomans 1500TR. This large figure is a potential danger for the economy. Governments must direct this volume of liquidity towards production for economic growth. But, even if 10 percent of this large volume of liquidity enters the market, it will create fluctuations in currency rates due to the atmosphere of distrust and uncertainty.”
Currency fluctuations over the past months in Iran, especially in recent days, has prompted the government to make new policies in order to control the forex market here. It has taken immediate action by setting a single price of tomans 4200 for the US dollar; but, reports indicate exchange offices are refusing to sell the dollar at this price and all exchanges have come to a halt.
Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East are record holders for attracting the most tourists since 1990. ISNA semi-official news agency reports that a total of 1.32 billion trips by tourists have taken place globally in 2017, showing a threefold increase as compared to the 439.5 million trips taken in 1990.
Following the unprecedented rise in the price of the dollar and other foreign currencies on Iran’s forex market, the government has taken measures to fix the price of the dollar at tomans 4200. This price has been set for all commodity groups, conditional on providing the necessary documents for the allocation of foreign currency. Travelers can buy and take USD 500 out of the country, delivered to them at airport gates.
The gas swap deal with Turkmenistan through Iran resumed on 28 April 2018 following negotiations between the two countries’ leaders. As reported by Persia Digest, the swap through Iran came to a halt in January due to the low quality of gas exported by Turkmenistan. Following negotiations, the order was issued on 27 April to resume this on 28 April.
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
Iranian Prime Minister, Javad Zarif, has posted a tweet addressed to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI): “There are at least 80 nuclear warheads stationed in the Middle East. None are in Iran; rather, they're at the fingertips of a warmonger who howls incessantly about fabricated Iranian “ambitions”. Time for an overdue debate on the real threat to the region & beyond.”
In a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Monday, President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that Tehran and Doha can make the best of the many capacities they have to promote trade between the two countries.
Some time ago, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu sent a video message about the water crisis in Iran, saying: “Israel has the knowledge to stop an environmental crisis in Iran and I want to share this with the people of Iran.” He pointed to the launch of a website and a telegram channel in Persian to fight the water crisis in Iran, and stated: “Israel is with the Iranian people and I want to save the lives of many of them.”
Bloomberg reports that Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase oil production that’s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week.