Iran woos local investors as US sanctions loom 

The probable return of sanctions has triggered a rapid fall of Iran’s currency

Reuters July 29, 2018
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani PHOTO:REUTERS

DUBAI: Iran plans to offer price and tax incentives to private investors to take over idle state projects and help boost the economy, state media reported on Saturday, as the country faces likely US sanctions and the exit of many foreign companies. In May the United States pulled out of a multinational deal to lift sanctions against Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear programme, and Washington has told countries they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from November 4 or face US financial measures. The new Iranian plan, along with action against alleged financial crime, appears to be aimed at easing concern over the US decision. The probable return of sanctions has triggered a rapid fall of Iran’s currency, protests by bazaar traders usually loyal to the rulers, and a public outcry over alleged profiteering. The plan will offer attractive prices and flexible terms as well as tax holidays for investors who agree to take over some of the 76,000 government projects which are unfinished or idle.  

Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2018.

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