Minister Calls for Strengthening Exports, Private Sector
IRAN NEWS ECONOMIC DESK
TEHRAN – Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade has called for strengthening exports and private exports which is the key to overcoming economic war.
Speaking at a ceremony for honoring the exemplary exporters in Isfahan, Reza Rahmani pointed to the existing challenges in front of producers and national economy, adding that today protecting the production is like jihad and he has witnessed that not only the production has been protected but also the companies have expanded their activities.
He reiterated that protecting the production is the priority of the ministry, stipulating that all should work to save national production from harm, reiterating that expansion of exports should be a driving force for production and job creation.
Emphasizing the role of exports in providing necessary forex revenues and helping the country to come out of the cruel sanctions, he said that today export is not an option but it is necessary and in order to succeed in the economic war, the country needs expansion of exports and strengthening of activities in the private sector.
He also said that exporting to neighboring states is an opportunity for national economy, adding that Iran only accounts for 2 percent of neighboring states’ imports and the figure should be four-folded by 2021.
Rahmani also said that the country needs proper policies fitting with the sanctions condition and all should work together in order to overcome sanctions.
He said enemies are trying to inject hopelessness and disappoint into the country and all should work to convert threats into opportunities.
Rahmani added that the ministry has increased the capital of National Development Fund by $200m and it can boost exports and productions.
Meanwhile addressing the ceremony Head of National Exports Guarantee Fund said that banking and forex problems and restrictions as well as high cost of production have been of the major problems for the producers.
Afrooz Bahrami went on to say that devising strategies for industrial development is one of the solutions.
She also pointed to Iran’s insignificant share of world exports, adding that regarding the existing capacities in the country, the figure is not acceptable.