My reporting for Reuters: Tehran-based e-commerce firm Takhfifan found it impossible to attract foreign investment when it launched in 2011 but it took only two days for a potential foreign investor to get in touch after sanctions on Iran were lifted. “When I was launching my company I talked to several foreign investors but none
My interview with Iran’s deputy agriculture minister for Reuters: Iran’s state grain buying agency, the Government Trading Corporation (GTC), said on Tuesday lifting sanctions would help bring the cost of imported wheat down by as much as 30 percent. In an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of the 26th Annual IAOM Mideast and Africa Conference
My interview for Reuters summit: Iranian twins Hamid and Saeed Mohammadi created online retailer Digikala after struggling to buy a digital camera and ending up with a counterfeit. Eight years later “Iran’s Amazon” says it employs 900 people and processes 10,000 orders a day. With the prospect of sanctions over the country’s disputed nuclear programme
By Sam Wilkins and me for Reuters: Two months after Iran reached a nuclear deal that will open its markets to the world, officials are warning of economic stagnation as consumers hold off on purchases of domestic goods while they wait for international brands to arrive. From cars to fridges and televisions, shoppers are excited at
My interview for Reuters: Four years after Iran spent $87 million to buy an oil drilling rig that was never delivered, the broker in the deal has given his side of a story he describes as a cautionary tale for Western investors impatient for an end to sanctions. Speaking to clear his name after being
My short anaysis on Iran’s new nulcear diplomacy for the BBC: Iran’s new president is sending clear messages to the West that he is keen to solve deadlock in the nuclear talks. He has reshuffled top officials dealing with Iran’s controversial atomic programme and appointed seasoned Western-educated diplomats who are known for being pragmatic technocrats.