Webinar: How the Private Sector Views Iran’s Economy

Research event
24 June 2020 — 2:00PM TO 3:00PM

Iran has been grappling with severe economic challenges since the reimposition of US economic sanctions following the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In recent months, the country has also been dealing with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the Middle East which has amounted to a dramatic public health crisis and an economic downfall exacerbated by the pandemic, the collapse of oil prices and continuing US sanctions.

At this webinar, part of the Chatham House MENA Programme Online Event Series, speakers will discuss the changing role of the private sector in Iran’s political economy. How do businesses see the future of Iran’s trade relationships? How are private sector leaders looking at the US elections and what expectations they have for sanctions relief? What is the role of the private sector in generating employment and how has this been affected by return of sanctions and the more recent COVID-19 crisis?

You can express your interest in attending by following this link. You will receive a Zoom confirmation email should your registration be successful. Alternatively, you can watch the event live on the MENA Programme Facebook page.


Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, Founder and Publisher, Bourse & Bazaar
Aseyeh Hatami, CEO, IranTalent
Sharif Nezam Mafi, Chairman, Iran-Switzerland Chamber of Commerce
Pedram Soltani, Chairman, PERSOL Corporation; Vice President, Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Moderator: Sanam Vakil, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

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