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Germany prepared to help its firms keep doing business in Iran

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is prepared to help its firms keep doing business in Iran, its economy minister said on Friday, when the U.S. envoy to Berlin called into question the morality of such transactions.

Tuesday's U.S. withdrawal through the 2019 nuclear accord and planned reimposition of sanctions against Iran were included with the threat of penalties against any foreign firms linked to business there.

Germany – in addition to France and Britain – claims it remains focused on the nuclear deal, and Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said his government had no immediate reason to modify its Hermes export guarantee scheme for Iran either.

"Were all set to consult each of the companies worried about what we should can perform to lessen the negative consequences," he told Deutschlandfunk radio.

"That means, it is concretely about damage limitation" and included offering legal counsel, he stated.

Around 120 German firms have operations with their own staff in Iran, including Siemens (DE:SIEGn), and several 10,000 German companies do business with Iran.

Last year, exports of German goods to Iran rose by around 400 million euros into a 3 billion euros ($3.57 billion) – scarcely over 0.2 percent of the German exports but a lot more than Britain and France.

Altmaier said Germany planned to avoid "a spiral of escalation" in trade relations together with the United states of america.

'BUSINESS With all the MULLAHS'

But the U.S. ambassador in Berlin, Richard Grenell, said firms should question the morality of performing business with Iran, the spot that the economy was largely controlled by using a religious order.

"Every country is sovereign and might decide for itself on sanctions. But Germany, France and Britain, the 'EU3', say themselves that Iran poses a threat. Do they really would like to do business with a threat?" Grenell told Bild newspaper.

"If you are then all companies chiefs who want this will operate and say: 'we want to do business with the mullahs'."

Altmaier said Germany didn’t have legal means of protecting German firms that ply their trade in the nation, but wished to avoid negative fallout for everyone active in Iran.

Of European tensions when using the Country over the Iran issue, Altmaier said: "It is rather much like the trade conflict to get the announced tariffs for steel and aluminum… We’ve got to avoid moving into a spiral of escalation."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in the call on Thursday that they supported maintaining the nuclear accord as long as Tehran upheld its side in the deal. French President Emmanuel Macron told Rouhani a similar on a daily basis earlier.

Germany, France and Britain want talks to take place from a broader format on Iran's ballistic missile program and regional military activities, including in Syria and Yemen.

French exports to Iran doubled to at least one.5 billion euros during the past year, driven by way of the export of jets and aircraft parts, and even automobile parts, depending on customs data.

Britain exported 167 million pounds ($225 million) worth of goods and 95 million pounds of services to Iran in 2019.

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Plastic Recycling Plant to produce Operation in Kutaisi

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The plant is going to be built with the Chinese company to make plastic granules for extra exports.

As reported, in 20187 Chinese and Indian companies expressed intention to build a plastic recycling plant in Kutaisi, nevertheless the process was suspended once the legislative initiative for restriction of plastic wastes recycling. However, later the procedure was resumed.?

?We are able to claim that this project has revived; Now we have conducted consultations together with the investor as well as Environment Ministry and from now on the project remains in force. The mentioned company will carry out the plastic recycling by utilization of cutting-edge technologies and machineries without no environment impact.

In the near future we\’ll hold a fresh ending up in tag heuer to debate leasing information regarding which building to pick out to the enterprise\”, Soso Nibladze noted.
Initially, materials are going to be imported from abroad, while later domestically collected plastic wastes will be applied to production, he added.

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Prime Minister Appraises New Seaport and Terminal Construction in Poti

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The agreement requires generating a new seaport and terminal in Poti while using the financial support of OPIC.

According to the Prime Minister\’s press office, it\’s an important event, because logistics is really a key factor for creating Georgia a regional economic center.

\”This will certainly be a modern terminal complex, that can bring large-scale changes towards the country and regional economy. I do believe this project might be among the many exemplar projects during the whole region. Engage of people Finance Institution additionally, the OPIC-allocated 50 million USD confirms that for that USA Georgia is usually a reliable and important partner. We have now stated sometimes that Georgia-US relations are at the greatest level. Economic contacts gain more and even more importance within our relations\”, the number one Minister said.

The Pm also stressed the special contribution that OPIC renders to Georgian economy. Right now, OPIC has invested about 600 million USD in Georgia to finance about 60 projects, Mamuka Bakhtadze said.

The Prime Minister expressed special gratitude to OPIC management and also the OPIC md Kenneth Angel, who\’s visiting Tbilisi.
\”OPIC has significant plans in Georgia. I am grateful for our American friends, because they have got decision to be expanded financial support for Georgia. I\’d like to thank Pace Group to do this important project\”, Mamuka Bakhtadze said.

The ceremony was attended by way of the President of Georgia, government officials, acting US ambassador in Georgia and representatives of Georgia-based diplomatic corps.

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Railroad Infrastructure to realize Kutaisi Airport terminal in 2020

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There is usually an alternative project, to which the railroad infrastructure are going to be about 600 meter way within the terminal, Chogovadze told the Bsiness Morning.

Note which the transportation infrastructure near Kutaisi Airport announced by ex-Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili was to result in 2018, playing with May 2018 Kvirikashvili extended the deadline by 1 yr within the pretext of revision within the initial design.

Giorgi Chogovadze also spoke of realization of the fresh terminal at Kutaisi Air-port. The new terminal will increase the airport\’s transportation capacity 3-4 times.?

\”Structural area of the building has been already finished. Construction works are typically in the next phase, Get real coating and roofing. The next phase will start soon, setting up of engineering systems as well as fourth phase will finish after 2019\”,Giorgi Chogovadze? said.

The new and old terminals shall be combined in 2020 plus the transportation capacity of Kutaisi Air port will grow. Today, edinburgh airport handles 300 passengers per hour as well as figure will rise to 1200 passengers sixty minutes. The sheer number of gates will also increase to 7 ones from three ones, Giorgi Chogovadze said.

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