Iran signs €720m rail deal with South Korea firm

The logo of Hyundai Motor is seen during the 2017 Seoul Motor Show in Goyang, South Korea, March 31, 2017. ― Reuters picThe logo of Motor is seen during the 2017 Seoul Motor Show in Goyang, South Korea, March 31, 2017. ― Reuters picTEHRAN, Dec 2 ―  South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem signed a €720-million (RM3.5 billion) deal with Iran today to manufacture 450 railbuses for suburban trains, Iranian state media reported.

The deal was signed in Tehran between Hyundai Rotem, a unit of Hyundai Motors, and Railways of Islamic Republic of Iran at a ceremony attended by Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoundi.

The deal, financed by the South Korean side, will create 1,000 direct jobs and 1,700 indirect jobs in the Islamic republic, state news agency IRNA quoted Akhoundi as saying.

Iranian Rail Industries Development Company will build 300 rail buses, under Hyundai supervision, with the remaining 150 to be manufactured in South Korea, IRICO executive director Nasser Soufi told state television.



The project is to last last six years and a half with the first batch of self-propelled suburban rail buses to be “delivered in a year and a half,” according to Said Mohammadzadeh, CEO for the state railways.

In August, Iran secured an €8 billion credit line from South Korea’s Eximbank, which was the Islamic republic’s biggest deal since its 2015 nuclear accord.

At the time a spokesman for South Korea’s export credit bank said the deal would finance projects in Iran by companies from the Asian country

That deal was followed by a US$10 billion (RM41 billion) credit line for Iranian banks in September from CITIC investment group, a state-owned investment firm. ― AFP

Source: The Malay Mail Online





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