Rafsanjani criticizes allocation of $24 billion to imports

TEHRAN – Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chairman of the Expediency Council, regrets the allocation of 24 billion dollars to importation of basic goods in the current Iranian year which has been designated the “year of national production”.

The current Iranian year began on March 20.

By backing domestic businesses, Rafsanjani said, Iran has the potential to meet its needs to basic goods to a large extent.

“Why when we can meet these needs in home through supporting domestic production we turn to importation?” Rafsanjani asked in a meeting of the Popular Front for Reforms in Tehran on Tuesday.

The Industries, Mines, and Commerce Ministry announced on Monday that the government has allocated 24 billion dollars for importing basic goods such as rice, cooking oil, sugar, and meat.

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