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President Hails Guilds for Economic Reforms' Success

Service : Economy
TEHRAN, June 23 (ICANA) – Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has hailed the role of the country's guilds and trade associations in the implementation of his administration's major economic reform plan.
Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:31:18 AM
President Hails Guilds for Economic Reforms' Success

Addressing the heads of guilds and trade unions at a Wednesday meeting marking the national day of guilds, President Ahmadinejad reiterated that plans to phase-out of government subsidies in the country were carried out successfully thanks to the prudent performance and cooperation of various guilds and despite efforts by those that sought to hinder the process, hoping that the undertaking would inflict a major blow on the nation, IRNA reported.

“But I bear witness that the guilds in key sectors wisely pushed ahead with the plan,” the president emphasized, noting how the trade associations managed the market ahead of the Iranian new year in March and assured the public of the plan's success.

He further described the smooth progress of the economic reform as a miracle and praised the Iranian nation for their cooperation with the initiative.

The subsidy-cut plan -- encompassing key consumer goods such as energy and food products -- went into effect in December 2010 and is due to gradually remove all subsidies in a five-year period.

Supporters of the plan say the initiative will lead to a better distribution of wealth among the public, as the government has vowed that it would tackle economic problems such as housing and unemployment as well as improving the banking system through the reform plan.

Officials say energy subsidies in the past cost the Iranian government nearly 100 billion dollars per year and removing them will help Iran get rid of a heavily subsidized economy.

President Ahmadinejad also dismissed during his Wednesday address alleged Western concerns about the Islamic Republic's peaceful nuclear program, reiterating that the real fear of arrogant powers are in fact the potency and progress of the Iranian nation.

“They are not worried about our production of an atomic bomb; rather, they regard the Iranian nation as the real bomb that can achieve whatever it sets out to do,” he said. “In that case, no place would be left for them, and that's why they are so angry at the Iranian nation.”

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