Home Page | Photos | Video | Forum | Most Popular | Special Reports | Biz China Weekly
Make Us Your Home Page
Most Searched: Antarctic rescue  Mandela  Syria   Thailand  Ukraine  

Iran to seek foreign investment in oil, gas industries at Davos

English.news.cn   2014-01-24 00:06:08

TEHRAN, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iran will urge oil giants to invest in its oil and gas industries at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, local media quoted the oil minister as saying on Thursday.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, who has participated in the World Economic Forum, is scheduled to negotiate with international firms to lure investment in Iran's oil and gas projects, Tehran Times daily reported.

Before leaving Tehran for Davos on Wednesday, Zanganeh said that he would meet with senior officials of big international oil and gas companies to outline the new situation after the implementation of the Geneva deal on Iran's nuclear program and to invite them to return to Iran's oil market.

Since the new government took office, the Oil Ministry has focused efforts on regaining Iran's status in the international markets, Zanganeh was also quoted as saying by Iran Daily on Thursday.

"It is expected that with the implementation of the contents of the (Geneva) agreement, Iran will reclaim its rights, particularly in oil and gas sectors," he said, adding that to this end, "We intend to discuss the issue with the companies face to face in the Davos meeting."

Earlier, Lord Lamont, the head of Britain-Iran Chamber of Commerce, also said Zanganeh had invited Shell and British Petroleum for cooperation. Major oil companies left Iran in the past years after the West put sanctions on Iran's oil and gas industries over the country's sensitive nuclear program.

On the sidelines of OPEC's ministerial meeting in Vienna in early December 2013, Zanganeh said Tehran would like to see seven oil giants, including France's Total, Royal Dutch Shell, Norway's Statoil, Italy's Eni, British Petroleum as well as U.S. Exxon and Conoco make investment in Iran's energy sector once the international sanctions are lifted, according to Tehran Times.

"We will do anything necessary to get back Iran's share in the oil market," Zanganeh said, emphasizing that "Contacts have been made (with foreign energy companies) to that effect and all of them are willing to return."

Iran and six world powers reached a deal on Nov. 24 to curb Tehran's nuclear program, in exchange for limited sanctions relief.

In December, Zanganeh said the Oil Ministry had prepared a roadmap for investment in the oil and gas industry for the next eight years and it had plans to attract 70 billion U.S. dollars for investments in its oil and gas industry.


Iran to build ties with all countries "officially recognized"

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here on Thursday that Iran was willing to establish peaceful and normal relations with all countries it "has officially recognized."

Among these countries included a "certain country which in the past we have certain differences," Rouhani said while addressing political and business leaders at the ongoing World Economic Forum, adding that he had met with some energy executives earlier Thursday morning. Full Story

Iran invites foreign investment at Davos forum

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iran would like to reopen trade with neighbors and invite foreign investment into the country, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday in Davos.

"I would invite all distinguished participants to travel to Iran and witness the extensive field for investment ... and make contact with Iran's private and public sectors," said Rouhani while addressing political and business leaders at the ongoing World Economic Forum, revealing he had already met with some energy executives earlier Thursday morning. Full Story

U.S., Russian leaders discuss Syria, Iran, Sochi Olympics

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday discussed the upcoming peace talks on Syria, and agreed to continue cooperation on Iran and Sochi Olympics.

In their phone conversation, the two leaders discussed the situation in Syria, including preparations for the so-called Geneva II conference and the ongoing efforts to remove and destroy Syria's chemical weapons, the White House said in a readout of the talks. Full Story

Editor: Yamei Wang
Related News
Home >> World            
Most Popular English Forum  
Top News  >>
Photos  >>
Video  >>
Top Science News Latest News  
  Special Reports  >>