Iran, Germany Sign
6 Transport MOUs
Germany has traditionally had close economic ties with Iran, and
after last year’s nuclear accord, which paved the way for ending
sanctions in place for years, German firms are now seeking business
Iran and Germany signed six memorandums of understanding for cooperation in
the transportation sector.
The agreements were signed following a meeting between Iran’s Minister of
Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi and his visiting German
counterpart Alexander Dobrindt in Tehran (Oct. 22).
Dobrindt arrived in Tehran heading a trade delegation (Oct. 20). The visit
came a few weeks after German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel visited Iran.
Hoping that the two sides can expand their transport cooperation in future,
Akhoundi informed that different German companies, such as Siemens are
applying for taking part in Iranian transport projects.
Dobrindt also met Head of Civil Aviation Organization of Iran Ali Abedzadeh.
In their meeting, Abedzadeh voiced his organization’s readiness for studying
proposals by German companies, while Dobrindt expressed German
administration’s willingness to finance aviation projects in Iran.
The German minister traveled to Iran accompanied by a delegation comprising
general directors of various German companies active in shipping, ports, and
marine transportation as well as airports officials.
During Gabriel’s early October visit, the largest engineering company in
Europe, Siemens, agreed to supply components for 50 diesel-electric
locomotives to Iran’s MAPNA Group.
Another agreement was also signed between the two companies to jointly
manufacture 70 electric locomotives to be used in the 926-km Tehran-Mashhad
railroads, which Iran is planning to electrify.
Together with Iran’s Economy Minister Ali Tayyebnia, Gabriel co-chaired the
fifth session of Iran-Germany Economic Commission in Tehran on October 3.
German firms signed 10 business agreements with Iranian partners at the
Siemens has long been in negotiations with Iran over an order for track
technology and ICE 3 trains, a model of intercity train in use in Germany.
The deal would be worth more than 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion), industry
Germany has traditionally had close economic ties with Iran, and after last
year’s nuclear accord, which paved the way for ending
sanctions in place for years, German firms are now seeking business there
Iran, German Bank Resume Oil Partnership
Meanwhile, Iran’s deputy oil minister for international affairs said oil
cooperation between Iran and Germany’s Deutsche Bank have been resumed.
Amir Hossein Zamaninia touched upon lack of cooperation on the part of major
European banks with Iran especially as regards oil deals in the post-JCPOA
(Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) era and noted: “However, unlike the
past when collaborations were limited to small European banks, prominent
banks are also boosting their ties with Iran.”
“Transactions with Deutsche Bank of Germany were resumed a few days ago for
conducting a number of oil deals,” stressed the official, asserting that
several other major European banks will reinvigorate ties with Iran in
Zamaninia, while pointing to the talks held with giant oil companies over
new oil partnerships under IPCs (Iran Petroleum Contracts), said “a number
of firms are still harboring doubts about launching cooperation with Iran
within the framework of the new model for Iranian oil contract though
negotiations are still underway.”
“Talks are being conducted in order to introduce IPCs to foreign companies,
European ones in particular,” he maintained, adding, “Developments have
emerged in negotiations with several major European companies the results of
which will be announced within weeks.”
Germany’s Deutsche Bank had officially suspended banking activities in Iran
in 2006 especially in areas of crude or oil product sales.
In 2007, Deutsche Bank spokesman Ronald Weichert confirmed that it was
pulling out of Iran, a country where it derives just 0.1% of its revenue,
because it didn’t make business sense to stay.