Imam Khamenei: Iran's economy should not be tied to US sanctions
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Imam Ali Khamenei, has warned state officials against making development of Iran’s economy conditional on the removal of sanctions, saying that the country should be run in a way that it would not be hurt by sanctions.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in his New Year speech to the Iranian nation just one day after he issued his Nowruz message in which he designated the Persian New Year as the year of “Production: Knowledge-Based and Job-Creating.”
“In economy, the most important issue is the issue of [domestic] production,” the Leader said in his Monday speech, adding that this was why he highlighted this issue in his Nowruz message to the nation.
The Leader noted that most of his demands in the area of economy are aimed at state officials, which are mostly addressed to the executive officials, but also to judicial authorities and other concerned officials.
Ayatollah Khamenei said to overcome the economic problems facing the country, the key is to move toward the knowledge-based economy, which means an economic system where knowledge plays an axial role in all fields of production.
“If we pursue this policy and make knowledge the cornerstone of the country’s economy and increase the number of knowledge-based companies, this will have many benefits for the country. It will increase productivity, increase quality of products, and lead to production of competitive products.”
One of the main problems in our economy, the Leader said, is low productivity of this sector, which must be made up for, adding, “This important economic problem will be solved if we move toward the knowledge-based economy.”
"Boosting domestic production is the sole way to achieve equitable progress in economy and overcome the problem of poverty in the country,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader noted that there are almost 7,000 knowledge-based companies in the country, which can create 300,000 direct jobs.
Ayatollah Khamenei said he expects the officials to take steps to double the number of knowledge-based companies in the country, so that the number of direct jobs created by them would be also doubled, especially in those sectors, which are lagging behind in this regard, especially the agriculture sector.