Signing of the Japan-Iran Investment Agreement
February 5, 2016
1. On February 5, 2016, the Agreement between Japan and the Islamic Republic of Iran on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investment (the Japan-Iran Investment Agreement) was signed by H.E. Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and H.E. Dr. Ali Taiebnia, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Tokyo.
2. This Agreement aims at further protection and promotion of investment between the Contracting Parties. It stipulates the treatments accorded to investment activities and investments when an investor (an enterprise etc.) of a Contracting Party invests in the other Contracting Party, such as national treatment, most-favoured-nation treatment, fair and equitable treatment, observance of undertaking, prohibition to impose or enforce special requirements including export requirement,conditions for expropriation and compensation, free transfers requirements and procedures for dispute settlements.
3. Iran has great potential for Japanese companies as an investment destination given its rich reserves of oil and natural gas and its huge market with a population of 78.5 million people, and there has been a strong respect for the conclusion of this Assessment by Japanese Companies. It is expected that this Agreement, which improves legal stability of investment, will contribute to promotion of the reciprocal investment and human exchanges, and to further development of the economic relationship between the two countries.
4. The Contracting Parties will notify each other, through diplomatic channels, of the completion of their respective internal procedures necessary for the entry into force of this Agreement (in case of Japan, the Diet approval will be required). This Agreement will enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date of the receipt of the latter notification.