Baku, Azerbaijan, May 1
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian president has announced that the administration aims to increase the country's exports via cooperation with the world.
Hassan Rouhani said that his government is determined to open "the locks of the all sanctions against Iran," Iranian State IRINN TV reported on May 1.
Rouhani made the remarks during a speech at the ceremony of the International Workers' Day in Tehran on May 1.
Iran's foreign trade has significantly improved since Rouhani took office last August.
The country's non-oil exports value stood at $23.656 billion during the second half of last Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20), some $5.684 billion more than first half.
Iran's condensate and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) exports approximately doubled during the second half of the last year and stood at $6.91 billion and $1.521 billion respectively.
The sedan car exports also increased from $16 million in last year's first half to $70 million in the second half.
An increasing upward trend in exports also continued during the current Iranian calendar year. Value of non-oil exports including gas condensates has surpassed $2.824 billion in the first month of the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21), which indicates an increase by 10.4 percent compared to the same month of the preceding year.
The officials say that Iran's oil exports also have been doubled under the Rouhani administration.
Iran's crude oil exports started to rise after the Geneva nuclear agreement struck between Iran and six world powers in last November and surpassed 1.6 million barrels per day in February, according to the statistics of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The country's crude exports stood less than one million barrels per day during the first half of 2013.
In his speech to workers Rouhani also criticized Iran's former administration saying it neglected domestic industry by importing foreign goods.
"In recent years the administration established jobs for foreigners by importing goods instead of paying attention to unemployment problem inside the country," the president remarked.
The number of jobless in Iran increased by 270,000 over the past eight years (March 2005-March 2013) and stood at 2.5 million.
Rouhani also emphasized freedom of worker's associations, saying the administration should not force the associations.
Some workers' associations have protested the Rouhani's government decision not to issue the permit for the workers day march.
The head of Workers House, Alireza Mahjoub said that freedom of assembly is a basic worker's right according to the Iranian legislation, adding that there is no justification for refusing to issue the permit.