TEHRAN (Iran News) – Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Abdolnasser Hemmati wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday that two successive growth quarters for the Iranian economy in the fiscal year beginning late March 2020 meant that the economy was out of a period of declined activity and contraction in the business cycle.
The chief banker cited figures released by the CBI’s Economic Accounts Department showing that Iran’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 3.9 percent with oil and by 2.9 percent without oil in the quarter to December 20.
“Thus, one can definitely announce the transition of the Iranian economy from the difficult period of sanctions and the recession associated with it to a period of renewed economic growth,” said Hemmati.
Iran has been hit hard by a series of unprecedented US sanctions since the middle of 2018 when a former government in Washington decided to pull out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.
Sanctions have largely targeted Iran’s exports of crude as its main source of earning hard currency. However, the bans have triggered a sweeping reform program in the Iranian economy as the government continues to diversify its revenues away from oil by encouraging increased activity in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors.
Hemmati hailed the fact that Iran had recorded two-quarters of economic growth at a time many countries are grappling with a deep recession.
He said the latest CBI data on GDP growth and the performance of various sectors of the economy during the quarter to late December will be published next week.
- source : Tasnim News