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EghtesadOnline: Central Bank of Iran signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Financial Services Agency (JFSA) in a bid to facilitate the interactions between the two countries’ accredited banks.

“An MoU was signed between CBI and JFSA to pave the way for sharing banking experiences between the two countries,” JFSA Director General for International Affairs Massatu Kanda said on Tuesday. 

Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Iran Farshad Heydari said that Tehran and Tokyo have had good cooperation in the field of training manpower, according to IRNA. 

The Japanese government expressed willingness to allocate $6.9 billion to fund five projects in Iran to further expand bilateral relations between the two countries.

'Tokyo is going to continue its assistance of up to 40 billion Japanese Yen annually for the next four years starting in 2017,' the Japanese embassy in Tehran said on a press release.

The embassy noted that the allocation of the aid was confirmed in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan in October 2016 and will be extended through international organizations and UN bodies.

The projects include a contribution of one million dollars through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to restore Lake Oroumiyeh, approximately two million dollars in humanitarian aid assistance for the Afghan refugees through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) program, around $1.9 million funneled through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to be used on border controls, fighting drugs, customs cooperation and money laundering, $500,000 to promote integration of industries in Chabahar port city in the Persian Gulf through a program to be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and finally $1.5 million in donated funds funneled through the International Committee of the Red Cross for emergency activities in Iran.

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