TEHRAN – The Iranian administration’s decision to import gasoline is contrary to strategies of the resistance economy, which have been outlined by the Supreme Leader, MP Mehdi Mousavinejad said.
“Unfortunately, the administration took the unwise decision for importing gasoline. In my opinion, it was a kind of making fun of the Supreme Leader’s guidelines,” the Tasnim news agency quoted Mousavinejad as saying on Sunday.
Despite the fact that the country has the potential to meet the domestic market’s need to gasoline, the administration has taken the decision to import gasoline, he added.
On February 19, Ayatollah Khamenei outlined the general policies of the resistance economy.
According to the plan, the government must take action to expand the production and exportation of knowledge-based products, increase domestic production of strategic goods, and develop markets in neighboring countries.
It also encourages greater privatization and increased exports of electricity, gas, petrochemicals, and oil byproducts in order to diversify the economy and wean it from reliance on exports of crude oil and other raw materials.
Reducing dependence on oil revenues and securing the provision of strategic foodstuffs and medicines are some of the objectives of the economy of resistance, the Leader added.
The economy of resistance can lead the Iranian nation to victory in “the imposed economic war” with the West, he stated.
The director of the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company has said Iran will triple gasoline imports in the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, as domestic petrochemical units have stopped gasoline production.
Mostafa Kashkouli added that 10-11 million liters of gasoline will be imported.
Over the past three years, 8-10 million liters of gasoline has been produced per day by the domestic petrochemical units, the Mehr News Agency quoted Kashkouli as saying.
Gasoline consumption hit all-time record high of 100.7 million liters in Iran on April 1.
Gasoline consumption was 70 million liters per day on the average in the past Iranian calendar year.