Bank Melli Iran (BMI, Persian: بانک ملی ایران, lit. National Bank of Iran) is the first national Iranian bank. The bank was established in 1927 by the order of the Majlis (the Iranian Parliament) and since then has consistently been one of the most influential Iranian banks.
In 1931 the Iranian Majlis authorized the bank to print and distribute the Iranian currency rial. BMI acted as the central bank of Iran until Bank Markazi was established in 1960, after which all of its central banking responsibilities were transferred to the new central bank. Over the past 80 years, BMI has grown to become a large retail bank with several domestic and international branches. BMI opened its first foreign branch in Hamburg, Germany in 1965.
BMI is now the largest commercial retail bank in Iran and in the Middle East with over 3300 branches and 43,000 employees. Bank Melli Iran has 18 international branches and services in 11 countries:
- France (Paris)
- Iraq (Baghdad)
- Azerbaijan (Baku)
- United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi - 4 branches and Dubai - 4 branches)
- Oman (Muscat)
- Bahrain (Manama)
- Germany (Hamburg)
- Afghanistan (Kabul)
- Russia (Moscow)
- United Kingdom (London)
- Peoples Republic of China (Hong Kong)
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