Private Sector and the Government Accountability!
Precise and realistic policies cannot be taken without the
participation of interest groups and without utilizing the
capabilities of the community.
Massoud Khansari, Chairman of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines
and Agriculture says that the essence of expert opinion is sometimes
criticized, and therefore it is necessary today to remind the government of
some points concerning the determination of the policies of the new Persian
year 1397 (starting March 21). The Iranian people left behind the year 1396
(ending March 20, 2018), under conditions that economic problems such as
unemployment, production, the banking system crisis, foreign exchange
prices, subsidies and the like, and the pressures caused as a result had
made life miserable for them, especially for the low-income groups.
On the other hand, some economic decisions not only did not lead to a
definitive improvement of the general economic and social conditions of the
country, but also led to the creation and intensification of the problems.
The experience of the past years shows that we should look at the daily
economic decisions in a wider scope and in a different way from the past.
The fact is that despite the government’s positive measures to facilitate
business conditions, the social environment is still not favorable for
long-term economic activities, especially for productive activities. The
three variables of “unpredictability”, “the low level of stakeholder
participation in decision making and policy making process,” and “the
continuation of inefficient policies without clear and promising prospects”
make the environment unfavorable for economic activities.
The successive changes in economic decisions and some of them being immature
have made it impossible for economic activists to draw a mid-term future
picture. While economic activists, more than any other component, need
stability and the ability to assess future processes, but today for example
they cannot plan for a five-year period. Consequently they devote all their
efforts and resources to solving their daily problems, and delegate the
decisions on “the affairs of tomorrow” to “tomorrow”.
The economic conditions, as mentioned, are risky. Once again, we need to
emphasize that we are in a new situation. Our society has undergone profound
transformations, and the process of global transformation is enormous and
requires new and different approaches. Policy-making and decision-making in
the ways we have already taken will not help us achieve our goals. Precise
and realistic policies cannot be taken without the participation of interest
groups and without utilizing the capabilities of the community.
In this framework, policymakers and economic decision makers have to be
addressed and asked to answer the following questions in any decision they
make: how long will their decisions last? Can they ensure the economic
community that their decisions take into account different probabilities,
and economic activists can count on the sustainability of these decisions
for the medium term? Can they predict significantly what will be the limits
of the changes and policies? Have these decisions been made in such a way
that producers, investors and private sector activists who are interested in
developing their homeland can work more confidently and create promising
prospects? These are questions that policymakers and economic decision
makers are expected to answer. But the private sector in Iran hopes that
under the shadow of an outlook coupled with tact and wisdom, the economy of
the Persian calendar year 1397 will be such that entrepreneurship will turn
into culture, pride and national honor. All these will be possible when the
government can respond to fundamental questions and correct the approaches.
We as entrepreneurs and the private sector vest our hope in the New Year
(1397), its positive developments and a brilliant economy.