Leader of the Islamic Republic has issued the general policies of the Sixth Development Plan

 

 

Leader’s official website reported that the ‘policies,’ which had been communicated to the President, Parliament, and the Expediency Council, predicts and demands 8 percent of average economic growth, establishment of National Information Network, drafting of National Strategy for Fighting Corruption, and improving defensive capabilities in the next five years.

The Plan’s general policies fall under trilogy of categories; ‘Resistance Economy,’ ‘Pioneering in Science and Technology,’ and ‘Excellence in and Bolstering of Culture,’ through taking into consideration realities in domestic and international scene; the ‘policies’ invests much hope in realization of its provisions and objectives to help foster an Islamic way of thinking in progress totally independent of global capitalistic systems.

The Plan’s policies fall into 80 articles, systematically divided evenly under headlines of ‘economy,’ ‘IT and communications,’ ‘social,’ ‘defense and security,’ ‘foreign policy,’ ‘legal and judiciary,’ ‘cultural,’ and ‘science, technology and innovations.’

The current draft is the product of examination of all aspects and seeking advice from the Expediency Council, and have been based on three pivots of ‘Resistance Economy,’ ‘Pioneering in Science and Technology,’ and ‘Excellence in and Bolstering of Culture,’ reads the directive issued by the Leader. “Drawing upon ample human, natural and internal capabilities and opportunities provided by country’s current infrastructures and also upon jihadi management and Revolutionary mentality and upon priorities emanating from Article 44 of the Constitution, Resistance Economy, administrative system, population, and first and foremost heavenly blessings would help us realize the ideals and objectives given below in the present directive,” the directive said.

In drafting policies, attempt has been made to provide a collection as General Policies which would provide the firm base for working out of a law of Sixth Development Plan, completely viable and achievable in a course of five years; any good office and care by president and all heads of other branches and supervision of the Expediency Council would provide enough confidence in the good implementation of the policies,” the Leader’s directive hoped.

In ‘economy,’ the General Policies mentions “accelerated economic growth, which is sustainable and creates jobs, in a manner through mobilizing country’s all capabilities and capacities to realize a growth rate of 8 per cent; continuous improvement of businesses and bolstering competitiveness and competitive environment in the market; soliciting participation of public non-governmental firms in playing their role in attainment of objectives of Resistance Economy; expanding of trade and economic ties with neighbouring countries especially in the Middle East; working of the country into a trade and transportation magnet, signing bilateral and multilateral monetary agreements, as given in 10th, 11th and 12th Articles of Resistance Economic General Policies; full regulation and monitoring by the Central Bank of the market, credit, banking, and monetary institutes, and organizing under an integrated system all individual monetary and financing institutes to improve the level of health and transparency, and improving the ratio of non-current receivables to current credits.”

In oil and gas sector, the General Policies posits the followings: “a change of attitudes toward oil and gas and the income coming from the industry, from ‘as a source for meeting current government expenditure’ to one of ‘resources and assets of economic development;’ allocating at least 30 per cent of income from oil and gas condensates and net income of gas exports to National Development Fund,” said the General Policy. “Supporting establishment of private companies in exploration, operation, and expansion of oil and gas fields, especially shared fields in the framework provided by the Article 44 of the Constitution general policies; increasing the quota of renewable and new energies and boosting small-scale power plants.”

In IT and communications, the General Policies include the following: “Seeking a better place in the region in expanding electronic governance in a context of National Information Network; developing content in cyberspace to at least five times more than the current content, and indigenizing social networks; establishment and development of National Information Network and its security, control over data gates in the cyberspace, and its intelligent filtering; and effective and targeted participation in international interactions of the cyberspace.”

In ‘social’ section of the General Policies, ‘fighting corruption, social security, empowerment of unprivileged social classes in terms of access to welfare and social security provisions, introduction of reform into social insurance schemes for the public, improving the place of women and vindication of their legal and religiously-mandated rights in all fields given their critical role in society, defining new identities in rural communities and updating Islamic-Iranian architecture, addressing problems in underdeveloped suburbs ofmega-polisand social evil in these communities, and supportingand fostering national handicraft and cultural heritage,’ made the most important issues to be addressed.

In ‘security and defense,’ fighting drugs plays a central role along with improvements to be introduced in deterrent capabilities of the country; passive defense is attached a crucial place, along with developing missile and other defensive weapons capabilitiesin line with existing threats.

Foreign policy’ encapsulates the ideas announced and propagated in the addresses by the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran which includes protecting the country’s achievements in the Middle East, prioritizing economic diplomacy with foreign investment, access to global markets in line with provisions of the Resistance Economic general policies.

In ‘legal and judiciary,’ the Leader includes review of the current laws on place in crimes with the ultimate objectives being minimizing the sentences given in courts, and securing copyright laws to bolster the place of private sector and foreign investors in law suits.

Promoting Islamic-Iranian lifestyle is central to ‘culture’ section of the General Policies; promotion of Islamic Revolutionary values and the Sacred Defense achievements; reforming the consumption models which would contribute to realization of Resistance Economy policies; and lending especial attention to Islamic-Iranian symbols and Islamic-Iranian identity and culture in cyberspace and an effective role by government bodies to neutralize the cultural threats from overseas constitutes other highlights of the General Policies.

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