President Raisi to Iranians: No concern for basic goods

Iran Materials 10 May 2022 08:12 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has told the nation that there is no reason to worry about basic goods because there are enough supplies in the country, Trend reports citing IRNA.

President Raisi made the comment at the beginning of his speech broadcast live on national TV, in response to a question about his administration’s performance over the past nine months since his inauguration as Iran's president.

Referring to the serious concerns in the early days of the government, the President said, "Today, concerns about protecting the lives of the people against the outbreak of corona, stocks of basic goods, foreign exchange and rials, foreign trade and oil sales have been resolved to an acceptable extent, and the government focuses on reforming the manner and location of subsidies for basic goods".

In his fifth live televised address to the people on Monday evening, Ayatollah Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi stated that the first and most important issue of the government when starting office was the daily grieves of more than 700 families due to corona outbreak.

He said, "Vaccination and protection of people's lives, in which, thanks to God, we were successful with the efforts of the government and the cooperation of the people in this field, and today the number of daily deaths due to corona has decreased from 700 to 7 people".

Referring to the reopening of businesses and scientific and educational centers after successful and effective public vaccination, the President added, "Today, in addition to supplying vaccines out of imports, we also have a very high capacity to produce vaccines in the country and even export them".

Dr Raisi stated that another concern of the first days of the 13th government was the concern about the stocks of goods and said, "With the efforts of the government, the worries about the stocks of basic goods were eliminated in a short period of time".

The President continued, "Today, the amount of oil sales in the country has doubled since the beginning of the government, and we no longer have to worry about this".

"On the other hand, the volume of the country's foreign trade, especially with neighbouring countries, has increased and the total foreign trade of the country has reached 100 billion dollars, which in this regard, the situation is completely different from before," he said.

Ayatollah Raisi described the budget deficit of 450 trillion tomans in year 1400 as another challenge in the first months of the 13th government, adding, "With the efforts of our colleagues in the government, without borrowing from the central bank or creating money, we were able to earn new income by solving new problems".

Many experts were concerned about rising inflation in 1400, he said, adding, "Many economists believed that the growing trend of inflation in year 1400 would increase to 60 per cent from 40 per cent, but thank God, with the measures taken to curb the problems, inflation fell to 36 percent at the end of last year".

Dr Raisi introduced another serious challenge to the government's progress as the issue of unfair allocation of subsidies for basic goods through the distribution of currency, and said, "From the very first days of the government, almost all economists and experts warned us that we should think of a solution to the serious problems of the country".