Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Tehran on Sunday called for planning to promote exports while controlling imports, İrna reported.
'Instead of paying attention to imports, plans should be made for increasing exports,' Rafsanjani told a group of officials of the Customs Administration.
Rafsanjani said Iran enjoying rich resources, especially efficient workforce, has the capacity to promote exports.
He underlined importance of trade in boosting production and increasing the coefficient of mental security of the society to procure necessary goods and said trade has two pillars, namely exports and imports, and their legal promotion is sign of economic health of the country.
He then voiced pleasure with enforcement of the comprehensive plan on e-customs administration. 'I always wished that our customs will serve like honey bee hives so that nothing will be exported or imported irregularly.'
He then went on to say that training of workforce and building necessary culture is necessary for proper utilization of technology.