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News number: 8710231307

15:08 | 2009-01-12

Economy

نسخه چاپي ارسال به دوستان

Parliament Expects Bill on 5th Development Plan in 5 Months

TEHRAN (FNA)- Former Management and Planning Organization director Farhad Rahbar called on the administration to submit the bill on second Fifth Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015) to the Parliament within the next five months.



Rahbar, who sits on the high council for drafting the Fifth Development Plan, said if the plan's objective on cutting dependence on oil revenues is achieved, a great revolution will take place in the national economy.

According to MNA, he said the general policies of the Fifth Development Plan outlined by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution will help the government to accelerate to prepare the plan.

In a letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday, the Leader outlined the general policies of the Fifth Development Plan which he said centers around cultural, scientific, social, economic, political, defense, and security issues.

Rahbar sated that cutting Iran's dependence on oil exports requires a proper implementation of the general policies of Article 44 of the Constitution.

He said the government must raise its tax income through preparing a coherent plan.

"At the moment the government's tax income is 27,000 billion tomans ($27b) a year and its expenses are 45 thousand billion tomans ($45b) a year, therefore the government's tax income should outpace its expenses and this could be achieved through extending the activities of the private sector."

In his letter to Ahmadinejad, the Leader said increasing the country's research budget to 3 percent of the GDP and establishing effective relations between universities and industry are some of the scientific objectives of the Fifth Development Plan.

The realization of a sustained annual economic growth rate of 8 percent, diversification of the economy to end the government's dependence on oil and gas revenues, implementation of the general policies necessary for the privatization of state companies envisioned in Article 44 of the Constitution, and the promotion of competitive markets are some of the economic objectives of the Fifth Development Plan, he wrote.

Boosting businesses in border regions, decreasing the chasm between the rich and the poor, and redirecting government subsidies are some of the other economic objectives of the next five-year plan, he added.

In the political, defense, and security spheres, the plan seeks to expand bilateral, regional, and international relations, defend the rights of oppressed Muslim nations, strengthen Iran's relations with friendly states, enhance Iran's defense and deterrent capabilities, and encourage proposals for restructuring the United Nations.