London, Dec 30, IRNA-Iranian businessman Yousef Daneshvar Saturday was named amongst hundreds of recipients awarded for exceptional achievement in the annual New Year honours list.
Daneshvar, who is deputy chair of the British Iranian Chamber of Commerce (BICC), was bestowed with the quait title of Officer of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to British business interests in Iran."
He was among some 109 recipients on the Diplomatic Service and Overseas List drawn up by the Foreign Office and chosen by the British monarch on the advice of the Prime Minister.
The highest honours of a knighthood were awarded to the recent UN deputy secretary general Mark Malloch Brown and Director of Royal Institute of International Affairs Prof. Victor Gerald Bulmer-Thomas.
Daneshvar, who has lived in the UK for 37 years, became a member of BICC in 1998, a year after it was founded with its counterpart in Tehran, the Irano-British Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines, a corresponding Iranian-British Chamber of Commerce in Tehran.
He is also chairman of the Danlesco Group with operations in 14 Middle Eastern countries in the fields of electronic measuring systems, power and water plants and Lemax Engineering, which exports power generating machinery, welding equipment and desalination plants.
BICC, which was created to develop trade, investment and business between the UK and Iran, is currently chaired by former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont.
The New Year honours lists include awards for entertainers, sports personality, the police and military as well as people from all walks of life.
OBE awards were among a series of honorary titles originally created to reward the efforts by civilians at home and servicemen in support positions during World War one in 1917.
The distinctions have since been maintained to bestow mainly to civilians and service personnel for public service or other achievements.
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