IBA Radio: Israeli tech company boasts of $1 million deal with Tehran Chamber of Commerce
UPDATE: January 18 2010 — Broken link to recording fixed.
Note that the only substantial question from the interviewer is about the danger of cancellation by the Iranians following the local media exposure.
This report may come in handy for journalists when and if pressure builds for comprehensive trade sanctions. Glass houses and all that.
IBA Radio, Economic Newsmagazine, January 14 2010 16: 13 [Listen to recording here]
Moshe Nestlebaum: Israeli Internet group Daronet has sold 70 trade and content systems to websites, including Tehran’s Chamber of Commerce. The million dollar deal was carried out by a company branch in Brussels. Our industry correspondent Shimon Vilnai reports.
Shimon Vilnai: an Internet deal between Israel and Iran. Tehran’s District Chamber of Commerce bought 70 trade and content systems to build websites, developed by the Israeli group Daronet. The deal went through three weeks ago through a branch of the Israeli company in Brussels. With us is Daronet’s CFO Yaacov Harpaz.
Yaacov Harpaz: the contract was signed with a European businessman from Holland, apparently a representative of the Tehran district Chamber of Commerce. We understood it was Iran when we were asked to convert our trade and content systems into Farsi. The Iranians paid a $200,000 advance on the product. The total value of the deal is about $1 million. It will be paid out in 10 payments in 2010.
Shimon Vilnai: are you afraid the publicity on Israel radio will prevent the money from continuing to come in from Tehran?
Yaacov Harpaz: not at all because it is a round-trip transaction through the European businessman I mentioned before whose head office is in Holland.
Shimon Vilnai: in the last month Daronet has sold content systems for business websites to the chambers of commerce of Jordan and Oman.