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Was Iran Just a Hype?

Bijan Khajehpour

Five reasons to re-evaluate Iran’s opportunities.

In the run-up to the announcement and implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that initiated the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions against Iran, there were high expectations for the last major frontier market that would offer massive opportunities to Western companies. Today, almost a year after the JCPOA implementation, there is a sense of disappointment.   Continue reading

Iran Revives Its Energy Industry

Iran is inviting international companies to bid for oil field development rights. The reigning government is looking to revive its energy industry after years of crippling sanctions. Iran is hoping to raise around $30 billion.

What protections are in place for international companies?

Economist and Iran Market Analyst Dr. Bijan Khajehpour in an interview with Al Jazeera English.


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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

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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Essentialist Talks – Bijan

‘Understanding Creates Integrity’

Dr. Bijan Khajehpour is a co-founder and partner of Atieh International.

Bijan KhajehpourHow would you introduce the essence of your work?
I have a deep interest in understanding socio-political developments and subsequently sharing and communicating this knowledge. There are many misperceptions surrounding Iran, the Middle East and the Islamic world in general. A large part of what I do is trying to create awareness and address these misconstructions. Continue reading


The Iran Deal’s Impact – Economic Boom?

After twelve years of economic sanctions, the Iran nuclear deal represents a historic step for Iran and its return to a state of normalcy. With the sanctions relief, the country can now set reforms to exploit its full potential. Investors across the world are recognising this opportunity – including deals worth billions of dollars – and are showing great interest in entering the Iranian market again.

However, the Ahmadinejad years have left a difficult legacy for the country. What will it take to change Iran’s current situation? Is the country able to convince investors to come back? And what opportunities for economic growth are there?

Our Essentialist and Iranian economist Bijan Khajehpour answers these questions in an interview with Al Jazeera English. For the whole segment, read Al Jazeera’s Inside story here.


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