Iran bans some foreign imports
In a bid to boost domestic producers, Iran has passed a bill prohibiting state firms and organizations from importing commodities, which are already being produced by domestic companies, Press TV reported.
The bill was proposed and ratified by government ministers in the latest session of the cabinet, headed by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and held in the northwestern city of Hamedan late Thursday, IRNA reported.
"Purchasing Iranian commodities is the best way of supporting and helping domestic producers," the president said.
In a recent speech, Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei urged the government officials to make the necessary arrangements for the promotion of productivity within the country's borders by limiting the imports of foreign goods to the commodities not produced inside Iran.
Ahmadinejad also called on the governmental organizations to refrain from buying unnecessary equipment and noted, "The clear instruction of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution includes all state bodies and branches."
Ayatollah Khamenei has named the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21, 2011), 'The Year of Economic Jihad,' calling for concerted efforts by the Iranian nation and officials to prepare the grounds for a decade of economic growth.