Smart Economy the Only Shortcut for Surge in Production
IRAN NEWS ECONOMIC DESK
TEHRAN – Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Farhad Dejpasand believes smart economy can be the only option for surge in production, adding that the government is to reconsider about ownership of at least 20 percent of properties.
In meeting with First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri, Mr. Dejpasand said that the government is to reconsider in ownership of 20 percent of its government, adding that the government is after easing the customs process by removing harmful and unnecessary supervisions.
After presenting a report on the national economy and the ministry’s performance, he said that the goal behind attracting foreign investment is not only for filling the gap of investment in the market but foreign investment is a tool and mechanism for transfer of technology to the country and to help the growth and effective development and boost efficiency.
He added that the minister moves, while he is restricted, and any minister is in charge only for a certain period but he and his ministry should ease the business climate otherwise it will disappoint the investors.
Dejpasand reiterated that all issues for investment from its A to Z should be eased for investor in order that he does not need to go to the ministry. He added that the ministry did considerable efforts last year and this year in cooperation with the Judiciary it wants to launch a trade court as well as a unified e-window for trade which gives this opportunity to investors to get necessary licenses without going to the offices.
He admitted that executive bodies are still involved in bureaucracy and some of licenses act like hurdles and they should be removed.
Dejpasand added that the government has started measures to remove hurdles in way of investment and undoing the ties and called for a smart economy.
He reiterated that smart economy is not just a slogan and some people think it is a fantasy while it is the only shortcut for the surge in production.
He stated that his ministry’s model is not Malaysian economy but if Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had not digitalized Malaysia’s economy, the country would have not achieved such a progress.
Dejpasand added that in 1982, Iran was at the top and Malaysia was very lower but today any Iranian citizen is proud of going to Malaysia to study in Malaysian universities.
He said today 58 percent of economic activists are involved in the green corridor of the Customs Administration, noting if the blue corridor in the Customs Administration is launched, most of harmful supervisions will be removed, emphasizing the customs system should be smartized.
He concluded if only 20 percent of the government properties is privatized and joins the economic cycle, it will boost the economy.