29 Feb 2024
Sunday 30 August 2015 - 13:22
Story Code : 178182

Minister: Dependence on oil must be cut to reach stable economic growth

Tehran, Aug 30, IRNA Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayebnia said in order to reach stable economic growth dependence on oil should be reduced and the economy should come out of state control. He noted lowering dependence of the budget on oil revenues and financial transparency could remedy the economy.

Speaking in a televised program on Saturday evening, the minister said since the start of the activity of the 11th government the economic growth of -1.6% was turned into 3% by the end of 1393 (March 2015).
As for the improvement of business situation, he said on 8 September 2013 the first step was taken for business improvement which promoted Iran's ranking from 152 to 130. He expressed hope that by the end of the 11th government the figure will come close to 70.
He further remarked that eight key projects are under implementation which will be highly effective in key structures of the country and noted that so far outstanding successes have been achieved in the process of implementation of the projects.
Pointing to the reduction of dependence on oil revenues he said efforts have been made to lower the share of oil revenues in the budget and foreign trade balance equity.
In the first area efforts were made to cut the share of oil revenues in the budget from 43% to 33% which increased the share of non-oil revenues to 65%.
In the area of foreign trade balance, non-oil exports and imports were equalized to the extent that the balance would reach zero from $8 billion, leading to the surplus trade balance in the first months of the current year.
Forecasting a good future for the real sector of the economy and investment market, Tayebnia stated: We are coming out of recession and have decided to survey the problems in this sector by directing the liquidity into investment market.

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