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South Korea president arrives in Iran

According to Press TV, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran for a historic visit to strengthen political and economic relations between the two countries.

Park landed in Mehrabad Airport on Sunday for a three-day official visit together with representatives from some 236 South Korean companies and organizations. She was welcomed by Iran’s Industry, Mines and Trade Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh.

President Park was accorded an official welcome in Tehran on Monday on the first day of her three-day visit, heading South Korea’s biggest-ever traveling business delegation of over 230 executives.

The two presidents then sat for their first meeting since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1962.

Later in a joint news conference, Rouhani called for peace on the Korean Peninsula, saying Iran is opposed to the manufacturing of Weapons of Mass Destruction of any kind.

He said Iran and South Korea are set to boost their trade volume from the current six billion dollars to $18 billion as the two sides signed 19 cooperation agreements.

For her part, President Park called for further expansion of ties between Iran and South Korea in industrial, trade and cultural sectors.

South Korea has said it is eager to participate in Iran’s development projects and expand economic cooperation on communication technology, information, healthcare and culture.

World leaders have been visiting Tehran after the implementation of the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in July 2015.

In a message on his Instagram account on Sunday, President Rouhani said Iran is open to foreign investment.

“Our economy will not get well unless we are able to attract investment,” he said.

“Today, these conditions have been provided and the leaders which travel to Iran bring with them representatives of scores of important trading companies,” Rouhani added.

East Asian nations are scrambling to boost economic links with Tehran after the country reached a nuclear agreement last year. China’s President Xi Jinping visited Iran in January and Japan signed an investment treaty with Iran a month later.

The procedure should be taken if you want to travel to Iran

If you want to enter Iran, receiving visa will be essential. Procedure of getting visa from your home country is as follow:
1. Contact with an Iranian Travel Agency.
2. Your personal data will be sent to Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs (IMFA) by the travel agency.
3. Your visa will then be authorized by the IMFA and IMFA will fax it to the Iranian Consulate near you.
4. Your travel agent gives you a visa authorization number with which you can refer to the consulate to get your visa. The visa authorization number, however, is valid only in the consulate you have asked them your visa to be issued in. The number they give you is just an “authorization”. This reference number means that your visa has been authorized and approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but is not the visa itself.
5. Depending on your nationality, you may be required to present at the Iranian consulate in your country to have your fingerprints. British, Canadian, and American passport holders will have biometric check upon their arrival.
6. After your travel agent tells you your visa authorization number you should first get a visa application form from the consulate and follow the requirements of the application form (you may either personally go to the consulate to get the application forms or, if the service available, download it from the website of the Iranian embassy in your country).
7. Then, you should refer to the consulate to lodge your passports and application forms with the visa number they gave you (it can be either a physical presence or by post). Then it might take from 1-5 days for the consulate to issue your visa.
8. You may also need to provide a letter of recommendation from your embassy if you are applying outside your home country, a copy of your flight ticket to and from Iran and any student or press card.
Normally, all tourist visas issued by Iranian consulates have a 3-month validity. The visa allows you to stay in Iran for up to 30 days, although the duration of your visa is at the discretion of the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
Rarely, you may be asked to provide a letter from your employer or proof of fund. Visas are generally valid for three months which means you must enter Iran within three months of issue.

How can you get visa on your arrival to Iran?
A valid passport and a visa are required for the citizens of most countries who aim to travel to Iran. Citizens of all countries except Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Somalia, the UK and the US can obtain a visa on arrival for 30 days at international airports, costing between 30-80 Euros. A proof of a health insurance valid in Iran might be necessary too.
It is generally possible to get an extension for the 15 days visa on arrival at the Police Office of Foreign Aliens in any major city of Iran. The extension gives you additional 15 days to your visa and it costs 300,000 Rials.
AS A NOTABLE EXCEPTION: The Kish Island, easily accessible from Dubai, does not require visas for visits of up to 14 days, including US nationals.

Useful Information on Sanctions

Sanctions: the pre-Implementation Day Structure

Prior to recent sanctions relief following Implementation Day on 16 January 2016, different sanctions regimes against Iran were applicable. The UN and the EU had issued multilateral/regional sanctions in the form of Security Council Resolutions implemented into national legislation and EU Regulations. Unilateral sanctions were also adopted by various countries in particular the United States, as well as Norway, Switzerland and Canada. The United States adopted very wide-ranging “primary sanctions” preventing US firms and entities from entering into most kinds of business with Iran, and non-limited “secondary sanctions” which are directed against non-US firms and entities engaging in business in certain sectors in Iran.

Background: the JPOA and JCPOA

In 2013, Iran and the P5+1 countries (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany) agreed on the JPOA that was implemented in 2014 and which gave rise to limited sanctions relief under EU sanctions (Regulation 42/2014) and a similar suspension of US secondary sanctions.

On 14 July 2015, Iran and the P5+1 agreed on the JCPOA that provided for a comprehensive nuclear sanctions relief to be granted upon verification by the IAEA that Iran has complied with the nuclear-related commitments it had undertaken in the JCPOA. This was achieved on 16 January 2016 (”Implementation Day”).

Implementation Day: What does it mean?

All EU nuclear related sanctions were lifted on Implementation Day. In particular, the easing of sanctions marked the following:

  • Freedom of transfer of funds;
  • Reinstatement of SWIFT services;
  • Delisting of most persons and entities; and
  • Lifting of prohibitions on business operations such as those in the:
    • Oil, gas and petrochemical industry and other energy related activities;
    • Shipping, shipbuilding and transport sectors;
    • Gold, other precious metals, banknotes and coinage market;
    • Insuranceand Re-insurance services; and
    • Automotive Sector.

US secondary sanctions were suspended, meaning that since Implementation Day, the US will no longer penalise non-US persons and entities who enter into business in almost all economic sectors in Iran. However, the US continues to prohibit non-US persons and entities from entering into business with persons and entities who remain on the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN List”).

A “US Nexus”: How It May Affect You

US primary sanctions remain in place: persons and entities owned or controlled by US persons will continue to be generally prohibited from entering into Iran-related transactions.

Nonetheless, primary sanctions on civil aviation were lifted and US Persons will be able to enter into transactions with Iranian airlines for the sale of civilian passenger aircrafts, parts and components.  Non-US persons may also sell aircrafts and civil aviation equipment having more than 10% US content to Iran. Primary sanctions are also lifted with regard to Iranian Carpets and Foodstuff, that is to say, US persons are permitted to purchase and import these goods directly from Iran.

More importantly, The United States has issued a “General License H”, which (i) allows non-US entities (including non-US subsidiaries of US entities) owned or controlled by US persons to engage in business transactions with Iran as far as US personnel in those entities do not involve in the activities related to Iran, and (ii) allows US persons to engage in activities concerning establishment or alteration of operating policies and procedures of a foreign entity owned or controlled by US persons and enters into permitted transactions with Iran under this license; and to provide automated globally integrated services (such as computer, accounting, email, telecommunications or other business support systems) to these entities.

What Sanctions and Risks still remain?

What about a “Snap-back”?

According to the JCPOA, UN sanctions may be re-imposed by the Security Council if it is deemed that Iran has failed to comply with its commitments. If sanctions are re-imposed, they will not apply with retroactive effect to contracts signed in the interim. Both the United Sates government and the European Union, while emphasising the remoteness of a snap-back, as a matter of legal concern, have interpreted JCPOA snap-back provisions and clarified their likely impact as follows:

The US Government in its guidance issued after the JCPOA Implementation Day, stated that in the event of a snap-back, (i) it will not impose any penalty on companies who enter into legitimate contracts under JCPOA with Iran and Iranian persons after its Implementation Day; and (ii) Will work with foreign companies for minimizing the impact of re-imposition of sanctions.

EU, in the preamble to Regulation 2015/1861, which lifted sanctions pursuant to JCPOA, clearly provides for adequate protection for the execution of contracts concluded in accordance with the JCPOA while sanctions relief is in force, consistent with previous provisions when sanctions were originally imposed.

EU Information Note, issued on the occasion of Implementation Day, clarifies that contracts that are permitted after Implementation Day will not be targeted by the re-introduction of sanctions and in case of a Snap-back occurs, sanctions shall not have a retroactive effect which means that companies will be given due time to perform their contractual obligation.

  • What Should You Do to Ensure Compliance?
  • Business with persons and entities who remain listed as subject to the asset freeze under the EU sanctions for EU persons and entities continues to be prohibited. The listed entities include certain banks and other prominent companies. Due diligence as to contractual partners therefore remains necessary.
  • If there is a US nexus such as a US presence of a company that exposes it to US secondary sanctions, or if any financing arrangement requires compliance with US sanctions, care should be taken not to contract with persons and entities on the SDN list.
  • USD transactions that are cleared through the US financial system remain prohibited.
  • US employees and directors must be ring-fenced from any Iranian business.
  • The risk of snap-back should be provided for contractually.

Arbitration in Iran

Arbitration bodies: There are two main arbitration bodies in Iran:

-The Arbitration Centre of the Iran Chamber (“ACIC”) which was established by law in 2002 as an affiliate to the Iran Chamber of Commerce, but enjoys an independent legal personality. It was established for the settlement of domestic and international disputes

-The Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre (“TRAC”) which was established in 2004 as an independent international organization, under the auspices of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (“AALCO”). The agreement between AALCO and Iran was signed in 1997 and came into force in 2004. TRAC commenced its activities in July 2005. TRAC Rules are essentially based on the UNCITRAL Rules.

The costs of arbitration fall into two categories: (1) a registration fee and administration costs, and (2) arbitrators` fees.

Arbitration Proceedings

Domestic arbitration is governed by specific provisions of the Iranian Code of Civil Procedure. International arbitration is governed by the Law of International Commercial Arbitration (“LICA”), which was adopted in 1997 and is based on the UNCITRAL Model law.

The parties may agree on the procedure that will govern their arbitration, provided that they are consistent with the public policy and good morals of Iran, and with the exception of certain mandatory provisions of LICA. LICA recognizes the principle of competence-competence, party autonomy in the choice of the applicable law, the appointment of arbitrator(s), language and seat of the arbitration.

An arbitral award can be set aside on limited grounds.

It must be noted that, under the Iranian Constitution, the referral of claims relating to public and state property, i.e. in practical terms claims relating to contracts between foreign parties and the Iranian State and government entities, require the prior approval of the council of Ministers and the Majlis before being referred to arbitration. The dispute resolution clauses in such cases should therefore be carefully drafted.

New York convention on recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards

Iran ratified the New York Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards which entered into force in Iran in 2002, with two reservation: (1) Iran will apply the Convention only to recognition and enforcement of awards made in the territory of another contracting State, and (2) Iran will apply the Convention only to disputes arising out of legal relationships, whether contractual or not, that are considered commercial under the national law.

Demographics: Key to future markets

Now that the Iranian economy is being ready to integrate with international environment and to experience a jump on absorbing international investment resources available, one significant issue shall not be neglected and that is many economists concur with the view that long-term economic trends should be in line with demographics and several debates bring up concepts of demographics as the most effective force of social and political transformations. Nonetheless, it may not be ignored that economics basically consist of supply and demand and demographics have a direct impact on both sides: Demand for goods and services and supply of workforce.

Current demographic position of Iran is a complicated one as on one hand, the most stake of population goes to young people in their working ages, and on the other hand the steep collapse of fertility rate and population growth implies a different outlook for coming decades. Thus, currently we are living in an opportunity window in which, by utilizing the most of working age population, we can stimulate economic growth to the levels not seen before. As people have most of their available resources in their working age, demand for goods and services could also be encouraged by having those people been employed in productive industries with suitable remuneration.

Now more than 70% of Iranian people are between 15 to 64 years, normally called active population, implying the existence of Demographic Window, which stays in place until 1430s by most probable projections of current and future population trends. The steep decline in fertility and population growth in Iran is a unique case with lots of explanations and suggestions most of them are partially true. However, without an application of magic, one certain outcome is that reproduction practices of 1970s and 1980s will not resurge in foreseeable future, and as a result current Demographic Window is definitely singular.

The core issue is how economics could make use of this opportunity. Most developed nations are noticing their working age population decline enforcing intermittent economic recessions in spite of mass execution of easing policies. Developing nations are in better shape but not as good as it should. East Asian countries which have compensated the weak contribution of western world in recent decades are also entering the end phase of their demographic window, as China for example peaks its workforce population before 2020.

Nonetheless, if one expects a prosperous consumer market in the future, it is not anything about saturated and overdeveloped United States, Europe, or even East Asia, but somewhere around Middle East and Africa: Besides Iran itself, countries with high rates of population growth and great number of working age people along with unutilized economic fundamentals and underdeveloped infrastructures are most viable markets for the future.

Iran to cooperate with foreign knowledge-based companies with aim to attend world market

He said that priority of commercial management is that foreign firms, especially those knowledge-based companies to cooperate with domestic manufacturers to transfer technology and participation in manufacturing.

This move aims to produce strategic items in refining industry, transfer and distribution inside the country and these acts are in direction of resistance economy and strengthening domestic capability to attend regional markets.

Zeiyar said that Petroleum Ministry has determined 10 items in the list of strategic items and among them rotating machinery, turbine and compressor are related to refining and Distribution Company.

The company has added another 16 items among strategic goods in refining, transferring and distribution industry, he added.

Chinese companies willing to invest in Iranian mining sector

Amir Khorramishad, IMIDRO Planning Director, said the Chinese NFC and Power China companies had announced their willingness for cooperation in meetings on the sidelines of the 7th International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum (IIICF), held in Macao June 2-3.

He said NFC Deputy Head, Junman Qin, and Power China’s CEO, Zhou Jiayi, had in separate meetings mulled opportunities of investment in Iranian mining sector as well as the infrastructural and power plant projects.
Junman Qin said his company is willing to be present in the Second Iran Mining Session in July.

Dutch businessmen willing to produce saffron in Marand city

Marand with suitable climate is the best location in northwest of the country to cultivate agricultural products with low level water consumption, especially saffron.
Karami made the remarks in a meeting with 5-member Dutch delegation on Tuesday.
He said that 115 hectares of agricultural land in the city allocated to cultivation of saffron, which is supposed to increase in five years to 300 hectares.
The governor said that in the past year Marand could produce 400 kilograms of saffron by 198 farmers and now is as a hub for saffron in northwestern Iran.
He said that Marand is ready for cooperation in the field of purchasing saffron bulbs from the Netherlands, allocation of lands for cultivation of saffron and its export with brand of Marand city and processing under license of the Netherlands.
Head of Dutch delegation Robert Vander Tang said that the visit aims to increase cooperation on cultivation of crops with low level water consumption such as saffron and roses.
He said that growing saffron bulbs by traditional method in Marand takes seven years, but, the industrial methods help the growth in less than one year.
Vander Tang said producing the crops in the Netherlands is difficult, because of rains, but it is exported to 23 countries of the world.
The Dutch delegation visited saffron and roses farms in Marand and evaluated their qualification high, calling for more cooperation between the two countries on sharing experience.
Marand is situated 71 km northeast of Tabriz.

Norwegian businessmen keen on investment in Gilan Province fisheries

The Norwegian investors said in a meeting with Governor General of Gilan Province Mohammad Ali Najafi that Gilan has high potential in fisheries and they are hopeful of partnership in the fisheries and aquaculture industry.
They said they are ready to invest 10,000 billion Rials investment in production of trawlers, small fishing boats and cages for fish culture through sophisticated technology.
Najafi for his part said Gilan province is willing to benefit from experience of Norway in fish culture and seafood products.

German investors participate in building hospital in Arvand Free Zone

Mahdi Mousavi told IRNA on Tuesday that based on the agreement, Arvand Free Zone with the cooperation of Abadan University of Medical Science is to provide infrastructures and the necessary permits.

He added that a food and drug laboratory is to be built in Arvand Free Zone to decrease food and sanitary products importers’ costs, adding that, the purchased laboratory equipment for this project is of top medical ranking.

Official: Swiss companies regarding Iran with favorable eyes

Sandra Brogli who is in Tehran for Agrofood 2016 told IRNA that 9 Swiss companies were taking part in the exhibition.

She said this was the first successful presence of Swiss companies in such an event in Iran.

She said the great welcome the swiss companies received during the event indicated their trust and confidence in Swiss products.

Brogli who heads Switzerland Global Enterprise also expressed hope that trade with Iran will be normalized soon and said she hoped the obstacles bothering Swiss entrepreneurs on banking and financial areas will be removed soon.

23rd International Exhibition of Food, Food Technology and Agriculture (Agrofood 2016) started work last Monday with participation of 746 foreign companies from 46 world states.

The event worked till June 2.

710 domestic companies were also present in the international event.

Agrofood 2016 introduced the latest products and services of the participants.

It aimed to exchange information, develop exports and trade.

Polish company looking for joint investment in Iran

Speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of the 23rd International Iran Agro Food Exhibition 2016, Barotosz Kazouski said Iranian market enjoys huge potentials.

He added the Polish company is looking for the Iranian partners to make investment in production of non-alcoholic drinks.

Pointing to current trip of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif to Poland, he added after the removal of anti-Iran sanctions, Tehran- Warshu relations have entered a new phase.

He added the two countriers have strong determination to expand the level of economic and political cooperation.

‘Polish Krynica Vitamin SA has a positive feeling about the future of its mutual trade cooperation with Iran,’ he said.

The 23rd International Agricultural, Foodstuff, Machinery and Relevant Industries known as Iran Agro Food Exhibition 2016 ended on June 2.

Some 710 domestic companies were present in the international event, opened on May 30.

The number of foreign companies attending the event showed ten percent increase compared with that of the past exhibition.

Turkey ready to build 7 power plants in Iran

“The capacity for electricity production of these power plants equals 10 percent of Iran’s need to electricity,” the Unit International Company said in a statement.

The statements said that in line with the agreement reached with Iran’s Energy Ministry, seven gas power plants with capacities of 6,020 megawatts and at a value of $4.2 billion will be constructed in Iran.

Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Hooshang Fallahian had said that Iran would sign contracts with Turkey’s energy companies to construct 5,000-megawatt.

Isfahan, industrial heart of Iran: German official

Dulig made the description at a trade meeting in this central Iranian province on Wednesday afternoon.

Isfahan in Iran and Saxon in Germany have many characteristics in common, said Dulig.

He further referred to direct contacts as an effective way to have joint economic activities.

In the meeting, representatives of German states of Saxony-Anhalt and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania also hoped for establishment of trade and cultural relations with Isfahan.

A 60-member economic delegation from Germany has travelled to Isfahan in central parts of the country to confer with officials here on ways to develop relations.

Germany ready to transfer technology of renewable energies to Iran

He made the remarks in a meeting with Isfahan governor general.
He said that there are many strong companies specialized in renewable energies as German government meets hundred percent of its energy demands from the renewable.

Referring to visit of economic delegations from Mecklenburg, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt to Iran and Isfahan, he said that the visit is aimed at identifying and evaluating opportunities for cooperation and investment in Iran.

These eastern states of Germany are interested to cooperate with the Iranian companies, he said.

‘We reviewed areas of cooperation during the visit,’ he said, hoping that next visits will lead to conclusion of cooperation deals.

Meanwhile, Minister of Economy, Employment and Transport in Saxony Martin Dulig referred to capacities of the state’s economic and industrial sectors, saying that Isfahan is the cultural and economic heart of Iran.

Minister of State for Economic and Scientific Affairs in Saxony-Anhalt Thomas Wunsch also told the same meeting that Germany has many strong industries in the fields of chemistry, petrochemicals, industrial machinery and renewable energies.

He hoped that they would forge good communications with the Iranian firms.

An economic delegation from the German states accompanied by 100 economic activists arrived in Isfahan on May 29.

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