Iran: Business Guide

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Country Descriptions & Profiles

Note: Includes country profiles from several sources: Business Monitor International, Countrywatch Inc., Datamonitor, EIU, Global Insight, Going Global, Icon Group, OECD, and PRS Group. Select “Country Reports” from “Publications” column on the right. Highlights include:

Background Notes on Countries of the World: Iran
Published by the U.S. government, includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations, and travel/business information.

Iran Business Forecast Report
Published quarterly by Business Monitor International, provides SWOT analysis of a country’s political, economic, and business environment, includes overviews of the country’s key economic sectors and scenario test analysis.

Iran Country Monitor
Presents Analyses, Statistics, and Forecasts on the Economy. Includes information on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Real GDP, Consumer Prices, Foreign Trade, Official Exchange Rate, etc. Also provides Import/Export Statistics, as well as the names of important government officials.

Iran Country Review
Annual CountryWatch publication, provides demographic, economic, business, and environmental data.

Iran Economic Competitiveness
Published by the Icon Group using vertical analysis or common-sized statements, provides estimates of the financial performance and labor productivity of countries compared to global benchmarks.  Financial analysis includes asset, liability and income structure, ratios, profitability ratios and key percentile rankings.  Labor productivity analysis includes asset-labor, liability-labor, and income-labor ratios.

Political Risk Yearbook: Iran Country Forecast
Published annually by PRS Group. Includes the Political Risk Service rating system which assesses different political scenarios within a country, 18-month and five-year forecasts, based on a variety of political scenarios, the country’s political framework, key political players as well as economic conditions, investment, taxation, environmental trends, foreign relations, defense forces, history, and geography.

Finance, Trade & Commerce

Doing Business. Benchmarking Business Regulations.

Produced by the World Bank, this database provides information on business regulations and their enforcement in many countries. Countries are ranked according to ease of doing business. The Doing Business Indicators are comparable across 175 economies: They include starting a business, dealing with licenses, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, enforcing contracts, paying taxes, protecting investors, and other indicators.

The Economist Intelligence Unit

The EIU database provides access to the Economist Intelligence Unit Publications such as the Country Reports. Each country page in the database provides forecast updates and featured analysis on economic and political events, as well as content pertaining to market opportunities, government regulations, and the financial services sector. Types of reports vary country by country. Type the country name into the search box and select the reports tab to access the latest country reports.

FITA: Iran Country Profile

FITA, The Federation of International Trade Associations, website includes general information as well as information on market access, economic indicators, taxes, labor market, agriculture, media, and more.

Global Edge: Iran

Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University (MSU-CIBER), globalEDGE contains country-specific news, statistics, history, economics, and government data.

Index of Economic Freedom: Iran

A resource from the Heritage Foundation evaluating the following areas: fiscal burden of government, government intervention in the economy, trade/monetary policy, property rights, and regulations.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development provides statistics and report on its 30 country members in addition to various reports, statistics and working papers covering macroeconomics, trade, education, development, science and innovation with approximately 70 countries it has relationships with. Content varies by country.

Statistics & Government Resources

Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Categories of information include: currency, publications, legislation, indexes, statistics, and more.

Statistical Centre of Iran

Important social, economic, and cultural statistics, with links to other useful sites.