Iranian MP blames government for importing $24 billion in basic goods

Iran Materials 30 April 2012 16:39 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Apr. 30/ Trend F.Milad/

A member of the Iranian parliament has criticized a recent approval made by the government to import $24 billion worth of basic goods, the Fars News Agency reported.

"For the time being, the country is not facing any shortage of basic goods, but it is facing a surge in prices," Gholamreza Mesbahi Moqaddam added.

He urged the government to consult with economic experts before taking a specific decision to gain the best possible result.

The Industry, Mines and Trade Ministry will use the funds to supply the goods through the end of the year, said Mohammad Ali Zeyghami, a deputy minister.

The credit will go toward foodstuffs, essential goods and raw manufacturing materials and imports of products that domestic production can't completely supply, like rice, cooking oil, sugar, wheat, red meat and chicken.

Raw materials for petrochemicals, detergents and steel ingots are also included.