With broad sanctions relief delivered in January 2016, Iran’s economic opening is now firmly underway. Major multinationals are establishing new or expanded operations in the country across sectors. The re-election of President Hassan Rouhani has renewed a popular mandate for international engagement and economic reform.
The Europe-Iran Forum has been a milestone event in the course of Iran’s economic opening, establishing itself as an annual event of particular influence and foresight. EIF1, held in 2014, saw the first international business conference with a post-sanctions focus. EIF2, held in 2015, saw the largest ever Iran business conference. EIF3, held in 2016, was the first business conference to bring American and European policymakers into direct dialogue with Iranian business leaders.
To be held in October 2017, EIF4 will help launch the “second phase” of Iran’s post-sanctions growth and development. Iran’s global business partners will have a period of domestic political stability during which the efforts for economic reform and liberalization will find a new momentum. But at the same time, new political risks in the United States and Europe will need to be managed directly to ensure business can proceed as intended. Executives and investors will need to plan their next moves with even greater prudence and a focus on practical action.
At EIF4, a high-profile network will gather to debate strategy, forge valuable relationships, and set the agenda for robust growth in Iran.