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Will Iran be a sustainable long-term market for European companies?

Bijan Khajehpour
Photo via everydayIran

The implementation of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on 16 January 2016 and the consequent lifting of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran has been one of the key geopolitical events this year. 

Though the opening of the Iranian market is viewed as a major opportunity for international – and especially European – companies, some still ask: Will this market will be sustainable in the long run? Continue reading

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Lean Lesson 1:

How to Keep Your Services On Fleek

Eike Böljes

When it comes to a nation’s most significant economic output, most people associate leading export countries such as Germany, the US, and Japan with their most famous physical products. Automotive, IT, and apparel are only a few well-known examples. What many people don’t know, however, is that these products don’t actually dominate the economic landscape. It’s the service sector that contributes most to their GDP. Continue reading

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Iran’s Shopping Tour in Europe

Patrick Etz

During Rouhani’s four-day visit to Italy and France, the Iranian president struck deals worth nearly €40bn.

After years of sanctions and months of plotting their return to a country rich in natural resources, with a large educated population and spectacular scenery, the Who is Who of the French and Italian companies were the first to sign deals with Iran after the lifting of the nuclear sanctions.

Let’s see what Rouhani bought during his four days: Continue reading

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How to Add Your Share to a Sustainable Future

Johannes Krainer

We’ve been talking about a sustainable future for a long time now, but one thing still strikes me: Many people are just waiting for it to happen. Of course this isn’t the way to success, nor is it the way towards sustainability.

Instead, I like to look at the future like building a puzzle. Skill by skill, idea by idea, we all have to add a piece. What contribution can you make? Here are 7 questions to ask yourself to approach a new business or simply re-evaluate a current one. Continue reading

Does Iran need Europe – or does Europe need Iran more?

With Iranian president Rouhani’s visit in Paris, the remaining non-nuclear sanctions are becoming more prominent in the news. There are still challenges for Iran after all. But what does this mean, for Iran itself as well as for foreign investors? Is direct business feasible?

Economist Dr. Bijan Khajehpour explains on Al Jazeera English and gives advice to European companies trying to enter the Iranian market.


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China’s Investment Adventures #1/2: Impossible Foods & Possible Gains

Wolfgang Maurer

The times of Made in China as the country’s global go-to attribute are coming to an end. There’s a new trait in town and it’s safe to say it’s just as catchy: Made by China says hello.

The recent surge of outbound investments have secured China a place as a major player in the global investment market. In fact, China is even predicted to become one of the world’s largest overseas investors, tripling global offshore assets from $6.4tn now to nearly $20tn by 2020. And best of all, China comes not only equipped with abundant funds, but an image of confidence and expertise in future ventures. Continue reading