H.E. Mohammad Reza Farzin, Vice Minister for Economic Affairs at Iran’s Ministry of Economic and Finance met in Berlin with members of parliament, representatives from various federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss the political and economic developments in Iran.
Emphasized at the start of the discussion was the fact that Iran was an important market in the Middle East because of its abundance of natural resources. To move the economy forward, the government has embarked on the privatization of its state sector, and was also seeking to increase its revenues through exports. United Emirates and China are important trading partners of Iran. There is also an emerging growth in trade with Arab countries. However some participants noted that simmering political conflicts have resulted in Iran not achieving its full economic potential with high unemployment and inflation.
Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.