Iran’s non-oil exports to the Association of Southeast Asia Nations “ASEAN” had a growth of 80 percent in 2017 as compared with a similar period last year. As reported by Persia Digest, in 2017 Iran had more than USD 1280MM of non-oil exports to ASEAN member countries. In 2016, this figure stood at USD 711MM. Showing an 80% growth in Iran’s non-oil exports to ASEAN as compared with the year before that.
The first permanent Persian carpet showroom and shop called “Pasargade” has opened in the capital of Indonesia for handmade and machine made carpets. As reported by IRNA News Agency, this has been setup by an Iranian resident in Indonesia, providing an opportunity for those Indonesians interested in the ancient hand arts of Iran to enjoy them.
An Iranian tanker has been involved in a collusion with a Chinese ship in the East China Sea. The lives of the 32 Iranian crew are feared lost.
The 30 Iranian and two Bangladeshi crew members aboard the Iranian tanker are missing, feared dead. Kasra Nouri, PR Manager of the National Iranian Oil Company, announced: “The tanker belonged to the Iranian fleet and was carrying condensate. The ship and its cargo are covered by a credible insurance company.”
A joint meeting of the Qatari delegation with Kish Island managers in Iran has taken place to discuss tourism and investment.
Reinstating flights between Kish and Doha, and the possibility of Qatar Airways offering services and equipment to Iranian flights were also discussed.
Deputy to Iran’s Petroleum Minister, Hamidreza Araghi, has said: “Iran’s gas exports to Georgia are still on the agenda and if agreements are finalized, the private sector will begin exports of Iranian gas from Armenian soil to Georgia.
Director of the joint Iran-Germany chamber of commerce has announced that Iran’s economy is the most versatile industrial economy in the region, and added: “In the nine months from January to October 2017, Germany has exported euros 2.3 billion worth of goods to Iran and imported USD 328MM from Iran.
The CEO of the Water and Sewerage Company of Iran announced: “Electricity production from treated sewage has begun in Tehran. This will also take place in the big cities of Isfahan, Shiraz, and Tabriz in the near future.”
One of the pure-bred Iranian pets is the Persian cat. Although it is world famous and has a long history in Iran, its breeding in Iran does not have a long precedence.
Keeping the pure-bred Persian cat as a pet has many enthusiasts in the world, and this can become a high revenue business of breeding and exports.
The commercial attaché of the Iranian Embassy in the Republic of Azerbaijan announced the registration of an automobile manufacturing company jointly produced by the two countries and stated: "We will soon witness the manufacture of five different car models in this joint venture between Iran and Azerbaijan.”
A private company is trying to manufacture electric buses with supercapacitors for the first time in Iran, financed by Belarus.
Chairman of the board for the Iranian company, Mohammad Samam-Sakhiravi, spoke of their joint project with the Belarus company and said: “These electric buses will be the new wireless generation equipped with supercapacitors charged with batteries.”
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.
The Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization announced: “Tourists are no longer required to go to Iranian embassies for visas. They can apply online and travel to Iran once their application has been reviewed.”
Paul Pillar, nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, writes in the Atlantic Council that he Trump administration’s policy toward Iran aims for regime change. Possibly US President Donald Trump dreams of reaching some bold deal with the current leadership of Iran, but he has not laid out any feasible route to one. The administration’s dominant hope instead seems to be that stepped-up economic pressure will somehow lead disaffected Iranians to rise up against their rulers. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s most recent speech on Iran was essentially a call to do just that.
Ishaan Tharoor writes in the Wahington Post as we reported this week, a dispute over Turkey’s continued detention of an American clergyman has spiraled into the worst crisis between the two countries in more than four decades. President Trump has exultantly slapped tariffs on Turkish imports, an act that sent the country’s currency into a tailspin over the weekend. Now Turkey has retaliated, announcing on Wednesday that it would levy its own tariffs on a slate of U.S. products.