TEHRAN (Iran News) – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that eliminating poverty, livelihood and welfare problems cannot be met without economic growth.
During the meeting with a group of entrepreneurs and manufacturers and knowledge-based companies on Monday in the Imam Khomeini Hussainiyah, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “If we want to eliminate poverty and increase welfare in the country, it won’t happen unless economic growth in the country met.”
The Leader also urged executive bodies in the country to support the development of private enterprises.
Emphasizing that Iran’s position in the region and the world should be maintained through economic growth, he said, “The advancement of a country is largely related to its economic status. When a country’s currency becomes weak, its economic potential decreases, and its prestige and position in the world decreases. We need economic growth in order to maintain the country’s position in the region and in the world.”
Meanwhile the Leader announced that the bright future of the country is in need of rapid and continuous economic growth. The Leader explained the reasons and requirements for economic growth while referring to the Seventh Development Plan which prioritizes economic growth along with justice. He emphasized, “economic growth is absolutely crucial in order to solve the tangible problems associated with people’s livelihood and the difficulties experienced in households.”
He expressed his satisfaction with the spirit, optimism and tangible endeavors of those who are active in the fields of manufacturing and entrepreneurship. “As I have said many times before, due to the country’s God-given resources, its geographical, international, political position, and especially its human resources, the country’s talent and growth capacity are very high and exceptional in certain fields. For this reason, the future of the nation and the prospects of Iran’s progress are much brighter than the current predictions,” the Leader added.
Referring to this year’s slogan titled, “Production: Knowledge-Based and Job-Creating”, the Leader stated, “the exhibition that I visited two days ago, showed that relatively good endeavors have been made in line with this year’s slogan. The official indicators of the first half of 1401 [2022 AD] mainly indicate movement and growth.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also addressed government officials present at the assembly while referring to points raised by some participants at the beginning of the meeting. “In order to follow up on these issues and resolve the complaints and expectations of those active in the economic field, form a committee under their supervision and solve their problems by continuously following up their case. By doing this, the country’s economy will also grow,” he stated.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed out the direct relationship between economic growth and Iran’s position in the world. He further stated, “The advancement of a country’s position is largely related to its economic situation. When a country’s currency depreciates, its economic possibilities diminish. It becomes less credible in today’s world. We need to experience economic growth in order to maintain the country’s position in the world.”
In another part of his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized the need for rapid, continuous growth in the country. He also outlined the reasons why Iran fell behind in certain economic fields in the last decade. Certain managerial weaknesses, issues such as sanctions and the country’s focus on the nuclear issue, and as a result, the conditioning of the economy, were among some of the important reasons for Iran’s economic lag in the previous decade.