[Marxism] Royalists key to Iranian privatization

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Aug 21 11:46:13 MDT 2006


http://www.iran-daily.com/1385/2638/html/economy.htm

Expats Urged to Participate In Privatization Drive
TEHRAN, Aug. 16--If Iranian expatriates are encouraged to buy shares of 
state companies, the eight-percent economic growth rate will certainly 
materialize, said an economic expert here on Wednesday.

Mahmoud Jamsaz told ISNA that the 'genuine' private sector cannot afford to 
purchase shares of state companies, stressing that the huge capital held by 
Iranian expatriates needs to be attracted and injected into the 
privatization drive.

"There are different estimates of the expatriates' total capital, but what 
is clear is that it is so huge that it will be enough to buy shares of all 
state companies," he said, adding, however, that greater economic security 
must be established and economic rules have to become more transparent in 
order to attract expatriates' investments.

The official said only if 10 percent of this capital arrives, things will 
change drastically in Iran.

"With only 10 percent of the expatriates' capital, we will be able to 
create more jobs, increase supply, reduce prices and tame inflation," he 
said, adding that the government could make use of successful privatization 
patterns exercised by some other counties in a bid to draw the expatriates' 
attention to the domestic markets.

Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Davood Danesh-Jafari said earlier 
this month that the government's role in the national economy will decline 
significantly once the recent directive by the leader of the Islamic 
Revolution to give the privatization drive a new lease on life is fully 
implemented.

He said the Ninth Government is planning to reduce its present 65-percent 
share in economic activities down to 20 percent under the general policies 
of Article 44 of the Constitution, which allows large-scale privatizations.

He further noted that the private sector's share remains at only 30 percent 
as the cooperatives sector has a share of 3-5 percent in the national economy.

According to the leader's directive, some 80 percent shares of state 
companies should be transferred to private ownership.

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