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Iran private sector urges

Iran private sector urges Europe to implement INSTEX

Iran Chamber of Commerce, the umbrella group of all Iranian private sector, says the three European countries - Germany, France, UK - need to speed up the process of their special financial channel with Iran in the wake of US sanctions.

15 April 2019- The Iranian private sector is waiting on the Europe to live up to its commitments, Iran Chamber of Commerce president said as the European payment channel with Iran, INSTEX, has not been implemented yet.

“We as the private sector still expect the European Union and European states to live up to their commitments in the framework of the JCPOA,” Gholam Hossein Shafei, President of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) told the foreign envoys to Iran on Sunday.

“The European mechanism or the SPV was announced more than a year ago, but, unfortunately until to this date this process hasn’t been implemented,” Shafei added during the annual Nowruz (Persian New Year) meeting with ambassadors to Tehran.

The EU announced it would created a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) last year when Donald Trump administration withdrew the US from the 2015 international treaty on Iran nuclear program, also known as the JCPOA.

The mechanism, meant to facilitate trade with Iran in the wake of US economic sanctions, wasn’t created until late last January when Germany, France and the UK announced the creation of INSTEX.

Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) was created on 31 January as a payment channel that engages in trade of non-sanctioned goods with Iran. Its structure has been devised and its key figures designated including former German banker Per Fischer who travelled to Iran last March. The SPV is not functional yet.

Soon after Per Fishcer’s visit, Central Bank of Iran declared that a similar company has been set up in Tehran to accelerate the work. On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticised the EU’s “excuse” for not putting in place the financial channel.

Shafei, who is also considered speaker of the Iranian private sector parliament, called on the international community to stop imposing sanctions on his country. “The Iranian private sector’s message to the international community is to spread trade rather than sanctions, to promote friendship instead of enmity and to push for peace against war,” he stressed.

The US unilaterally walked out of the 2015 Iran deal and restored economic sanctions on Tehran in August and November, targeting key oil and banking sectors although Tehran has stuck up to the agreement, according to 10 IAEI reports.

“Iran hasn’t taken any action against the international peace and security or the human rights to deserve such unilateral sanctions,” the ICCIMA president noted, saying the nuclear deal is a “clear sign” of Tehran’s good will and respect for international norms.

Source: http://en.otaghiranonline.ir/news/21925

 

 

Bulgarian Iran chambers of

Bulgarian, Iran chambers of commerce to sign MoU this week

The two countries eye expansion of trade ties through a corridor that connects Black Sea with the Caspian Sea.

14 April 2019- Bulgarian and Iran chambers of commerce will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week in a bid to consolidate trade ties between the two countries' private sectors.

“A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed on Friday 19 April between Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA),” Bulgarian Ambassador to Iran Christo Polendakov said on Saturday.

He made the remark in a meeting with Mohammad Reza Karbasi, Deputy for International Affairs at Iran Chamber of Commerce.

A business delegation from Iran Chamber of Commerce, headed by Deputy ICCIMA Hossein Selah Varzi, will visit Bulgaria on Tuesday 16 April, Karbasi said.

“The delegation is set to visit Buglarian industrial facilities as well as hold a meeting with Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry president in Sofia," he noted.  

Karbasi proposed in the meeting that Iran and Bulgari create joint transport firms in a bid to raise trade exchanges between the two countries. He also noted that a direct flight between Tehran and Sofia. Earlier, Bulgarian Deputy Tourism Minister Lyuben Kanchev had called for the launch of such flight between the two nations.

The Bulgarian envoy also stressed the need for banking ties that facilitate the trade, saying representatives from the Bulgarian Development Bank and other investment institutions will take part in the nineteenth Joint Economic Commission between Iran and Bulgaria that will take place in Sofia in the future.

“A corridor that connects the Caspian Sea with the Black Sea is part of the the [Chinese] Belt and Road Initiative. We hope it can serve as a new trade corridor between Iran and Bulgaria,” he added.

The Bulgarian representative said his embassy is considering opening consulates in the Iranian cities that have international airports and Foreign Ministry offices.

Source: http://en.otaghiranonline.ir/news/21922

Tabiat Bridge 1

Tabi'at Bridge: The Largest Pedestrian Overpass Tehran, Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Tabiat Bridge is a two-story pedestrian and Car-free bridge in Abbas Abad, Tehran. This bridge is a symbol of the city of Tehran.

April, 05, 2019 - It passes through the width of the Modares Expressway and connects Taleqani forest to the east and Ab-o-Atash Park in the west.

The architect and designer of this bridge is Leila Araghian. The length of the bridge is 300 meters and its weight is 2000 tons.

The Tabiat Bridge is considered the largest Car-free bridge of Iran. The size of this bridge is 7000 square meters and its width varies from 6 meters to 13 meters.

The main body of the bridge is built on tripod. For creating this bridge 14,000 pieces of steel in different dimensions at a height of 40 meters above the ground are cut, assembled and installed.

For the construction of this bridge, more than 102 kilometers of welding and using 6200 cubic meters of concrete was carried out.

The design of this bridge is inspired by the architecture of Iranian bridges like Khaju Bridge, and structure with an organic design is similar to tree and completely compatible environment and nature.

A similar example of this bridge has been made in the national and natural parks of countries such as France, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Malaysia and Australia.

The Tree form columns and choosing the name “nature” for this bridge are both emphasis on the continuity of the green space (in nature) by bridge.

Source: https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2019/04/05/1980275/the-tabi-at-bridge-the-largest-pedestrian-overpass-tehran-iran

Tabiat Bridge 1

Tabi'at Bridge: The Largest Pedestrian Overpass Tehran, Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Tabiat Bridge is a two-story pedestrian and Car-free bridge in Abbas Abad, Tehran. This bridge is a symbol of the city of Tehran.

April, 05, 2019 - It passes through the width of the Modares Expressway and connects Taleqani forest to the east and Ab-o-Atash Park in the west.

The architect and designer of this bridge is Leila Araghian. The length of the bridge is 300 meters and its weight is 2000 tons.

The Tabiat Bridge is considered the largest Car-free bridge of Iran. The size of this bridge is 7000 square meters and its width varies from 6 meters to 13 meters.

The main body of the bridge is built on tripod. For creating this bridge 14,000 pieces of steel in different dimensions at a height of 40 meters above the ground are cut, assembled and installed.

For the construction of this bridge, more than 102 kilometers of welding and using 6200 cubic meters of concrete was carried out.

The design of this bridge is inspired by the architecture of Iranian bridges like Khaju Bridge, and structure with an organic design is similar to tree and completely compatible environment and nature.

A similar example of this bridge has been made in the national and natural parks of countries such as France, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Malaysia and Australia.

The Tree form columns and choosing the name “nature” for this bridge are both emphasis on the continuity of the green space (in nature) by bridge.

Source: https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2019/04/05/1980275/the-tabi-at-bridge-the-largest-pedestrian-overpass-tehran-iran

Negotiations to modernize the Customs

“Negotiations to modernize the Customs Union should begin”

08.04.2019 / Brussels / Belgium- The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) President and the European Chamber of Commerce Association (EUROCHAMBRES) Vice President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “Negotiations to modernize the Customs Union should begin. Postponement of this issue for political reasons is unjust. This modernization is beneficial for Turkey and the EU.”​

Hisarcıklıoğlu spoke at the opening of the 38th Meeting of the EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee, of which he is co-chair, held in Brussels.

Expressing hope that the meeting will contribute to the development of Turkey-EU relations, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “Turkey-EU relations have become more important than ever. Turkey and all EU countries faced with common challenges such as the refugees and illegal migration flows, terrorism, cyber-attacks, rising protectionist tendencies in international trade, climate change and energy security. No single country can fight these problem. This also applies to Turkey and the EU. Therefore, Turkey and the EU must collaborate and combat global problems as never before to.”

Hisarcıklıoğlu said that the previous generation had left behind the world's most important peace project in the EU, and that future generations should leave behind a richer, safer and more peaceful continent.

- “Economic aspects of Turkey and Europe are interconnected”

Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu said, pointing out that the accession process is essentially the basis of EU-Turkey relations, “The current top priority of Turkey-EU relations is to ensure progress in the accession negotiations.”

Stating that Turkey and the EU should be in dialogue and close cooperation on matters of economy, social policy, energy, the fight against terrorism, Syrian refugees and foreign policy, Hisarcıklıoğlu stressed that the Customs Union and visa liberalization issues are also on the agenda priority.

Hisarcıklıoğlu, concerning the Customs Union update, “Although European and Turkish business worlds are in agreement, we do not understand why the Customs Union Modernization negotiations still have not begun. The economic aspects of Turkey and Europe interconnected.”

Hisarcıklıoğlu stating that the need to begin negotiations for the modernization of Customs Union, said, “Postponement of this issue for political reasons is unjust. This modernization is beneficial for Turkey and the EU.”

Stressing that Turkey is Europe's 6th largest economy and Europe's 4th major export market, Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that the EU is Turkey’s largest export market while European investors rank first in Turkey foreign investors.

- “Turkey's commitment in carrying out these reforms is well known”

TOBB President and EUROCHAMBRES Vice President Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that Turkey's economic relations with the EU are a guide for its political transformation efforts, noting the following:

“The EU accession process requires comprehensive reforms. We have undergone fundamental reforms, such as the rule of law, the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms and the market economy. Are there any shortcomings? We have a lot of work to be done, we have more steps to take. We are also aware of these reforms. We have to do this for our people and for our economy. Turkey's determination in carrying out these reforms is very well known”

Hisarcıklıoğlu emphasized that the visa issue is one of the priorities, and that visa liberalization is in fact a benefit to both sides and visa liberalization dialogue should be completed as soon as possible.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Ambassador Faruk Kaymakçı, Turkey's EU Permanent Representative Ambassador Mehmet Kemal Bozay, TESK President Bendevi Palandöken, TÜRK-İŞ President Ergun Atalay, MEMUR-SEN President Ali Yalçın, Turkey KAMU-SEN President Önder Kahveci TİSK Secretary General Akansel Koç, IKV President and TOBB Deputy Chairman Ayhan Zeytinoğlu KAGİDER Itır Aykut and Turkey Industrial Relations Association Board Member Prof. Dr. Rüçhan Işık.

During the two-day meeting, Turkey-EU relations, SMEs, Development of Trade and Investment Environment Opportunities between Turkey-EU, EU-Turkey accession process, the role of civil society organizations and social partners, as well as the modernization of the EU-Turkey Customs Union and visa dialogue issues were discussed.

Source: https://tobb.org.tr/Sayfalar/Eng/Detay.php?rid=24433&lst=MansetListesi

Reference to 2nd ECO Confobition (Conference + Exhibition) on Health Tourism as well as the ECO-NGO and Tourism Agencies Meeting..

UPDATES of 2nd

UPDATES of 2nd ECO Confobition (Conference + Exhibition) on Health Tourism as well as the ECO-NGO and Tourism Agencies Meeting

10.04.2019- Reference to 2nd ECO Confobition (Conference + Exhibition) on Health Tourism as well as the ECO-NGO and Tourism Agencies Meeting (June 18-20, 2019 in Ardabil Province, I.R Iran) it is informed that Member Chambers can make 2 types of presentations in the said meetings.

1- Country presentations: 15 minutes time have been dedicated to each member country to deliver a speech on the health tourism capabilities and requirements.
2- Panel Presentations: by relevant interested speakers/experts/scholars of member countries on the below themes:
a)Health destination and cluster development

  1.             b) Health tourism marketing & branding

                c) Health tourism startups &facilitator’s development IT

                d) Cross-cultural interaction and health tourism

in this respect it is kindly requested from the Honorable Member Chambers to nominate their speakers on the above themes along with the CV and their speech latest by May 30, 2019 and inform ECO CCI.

General Secretariat of ECO CCI presents its best compliments to the Honorable Member Chambers and would like to inform and remind that “2nd ECO Confobition (Conference + Exhibition) on Health Tourism as well as the ECO-NGO and Tourism Agencies Meeting” is scheduled to be held from 18 to 20 June 2019 at beautiful city Ardabil , I.R.Iran.
Newly prepared Information Note of the meeting is herewith attached for your kindest consideration. (you can find all relevant important information in the note; such as, draft program, venue, hospitality package, events details, accommodation, sponsorship, exhibiting,b2b meetings, call for papers and more.. etc…)


All Participants are required to submit the completed registration form before the deadline 10 May 2019 to ECO CCI and copy to ICCIMA.
IMPORTANT! HOSPITALITY PACKAGE! (ONLY FOR ECO MEMBERS)
Flight & Accommodation: The organizer will bear the cost of the flight (up to $1500) and accommodation for 3 nights during the event in Ardabil for Ministers (Health or Tourism) and also accommodation of two accompanying persons, who are active in health tourism.


The organizer will bear the cost of the flight (up to $900) for one participant and the cost of accommodation for 3 persons active in the field of health tourism from each

ECO Member States as follow:
- One from Private active tourism sector
- One from Hospital or related sector
- One from the Tourism Agency
Visa: The organizer is going to provide participants with visa support. (See: Attachment Visa Form) 
ECO CCI Secretariat avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Honorable Member Chambers the assurances of its highest consideration.

Contact Persons
ECO CCI Secretariat Secretary General, Mr. Adem KULA (E-mails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  )
Iran Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture (Coordinator) Mr.Mehdi razaghshoar  Cell Number and WhatsApp: +989128306123 Mrs. Elahe masoomzadeh : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . Cell Number and WhatsApp: +989123644459
Ardabil Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture (The Organizer 1) Mr. Hoseyn Vosuqiirani; Secretary General Ardabil CCI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: http://www.ecocci.org.tr/haber_goster.php?Guid=13b9049c-5b7f-11e9-a50f-48df373f4850

UPDATES of 2nd

UPDATES of 2nd ECO Confobition (Conference + Exhibition) on Health Tourism as well as the ECO-NGO and Tourism Agencies Meeting

10.04.2019- Reference to 2nd ECO Confobition (Conference + Exhibition) on Health Tourism as well as the ECO-NGO and Tourism Agencies Meeting (June 18-20, 2019 in Ardabil Province, I.R Iran) it is informed that Member Chambers can make 2 types of presentations in the said meetings.

1- Country presentations: 15 minutes time have been dedicated to each member country to deliver a speech on the health tourism capabilities and requirements.
2- Panel Presentations: by relevant interested speakers/experts/scholars of member countries on the below themes:
a)Health destination and cluster development

  1.             b) Health tourism marketing & branding

                c) Health tourism startups &facilitator’s development IT

                d) Cross-cultural interaction and health tourism

in this respect it is kindly requested from the Honorable Member Chambers to nominate their speakers on the above themes along with the CV and their speech latest by May 30, 2019 and inform ECO CCI.

General Secretariat of ECO CCI presents its best compliments to the Honorable Member Chambers and would like to inform and remind that “2nd ECO Confobition (Conference + Exhibition) on Health Tourism as well as the ECO-NGO and Tourism Agencies Meeting” is scheduled to be held from 18 to 20 June 2019 at beautiful city Ardabil , I.R.Iran.
Newly prepared Information Note of the meeting is herewith attached for your kindest consideration. (you can find all relevant important information in the note; such as, draft program, venue, hospitality package, events details, accommodation, sponsorship, exhibiting,b2b meetings, call for papers and more.. etc…)


All Participants are required to submit the completed registration form before the deadline 10 May 2019 to ECO CCI and copy to ICCIMA.
IMPORTANT! HOSPITALITY PACKAGE! (ONLY FOR ECO MEMBERS)
Flight & Accommodation: The organizer will bear the cost of the flight (up to $1500) and accommodation for 3 nights during the event in Ardabil for Ministers (Health or Tourism) and also accommodation of two accompanying persons, who are active in health tourism.


The organizer will bear the cost of the flight (up to $900) for one participant and the cost of accommodation for 3 persons active in the field of health tourism from each

ECO Member States as follow:
- One from Private active tourism sector
- One from Hospital or related sector
- One from the Tourism Agency
Visa: The organizer is going to provide participants with visa support. (See: Attachment Visa Form) 
ECO CCI Secretariat avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Honorable Member Chambers the assurances of its highest consideration.

Contact Persons
ECO CCI Secretariat Secretary General, Mr. Adem KULA (E-mails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  )
Iran Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture (Coordinator) Mr.Mehdi razaghshoar  Cell Number and WhatsApp: +989128306123 Mrs. Elahe masoomzadeh : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . Cell Number and WhatsApp: +989123644459
Ardabil Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture (The Organizer 1) Mr. Hoseyn Vosuqiirani; Secretary General Ardabil CCI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: http://www.ecocci.org.tr/haber_goster.php?Guid=13b9049c-5b7f-11e9-a50f-48df373f4850

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