Löfven heads delegation to Iran

Later this week Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will head Sweden’s third delegation to Iran in just over a year. Despite this, Sweden’s exports to Iran have actually fallen in the past year.

Business Sweden’s Magnus Almén says this is because “business takes time” and that many companies are starting from scratch after the easing of sanctions.

Nevertheless a number of companies, including Ericsson and AstraZeneca, stayed in Iran when sanctions bit hardest, and Mohsen Tavakoi, a management consultant and former Iran director for Ericsson, is convinced that those who chose to stay in 2012 made a wise decision in terms of business. “It was a sign of commitment to the country, not the government,” he says.

Companies in the Swedish delegation will include ABB, AstraZeneca, Danske Bank, Ericsson, Sandvik, Scania, SEB, Tetra Pak Iran, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group, Bombardier and the Wallenberg Foundation.

Delegation to Jordan

A delegation of 15 companies, accompanied by Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi, will fly to Jordan today to visit the Azraq refugee camp and to take part in a conference on UN procurement in the Middle East.

In 2014, UN organisations purchased goods and services to a value of more than SKr 150 billion, according to the Government Offices. Sweden’s share was 0.16%, compared to Denmark’s share of more than 3%.

During the trip, Ardalan Shekarabi will also meet Jordan’s Prime Minister and Industry Minister to discuss humanitarian cooperation and support to the UN body in the country