We Went the Wrong Way!
The sanctions are a huge loss for the country, but it can be viewed as
an opportunity as well.
What people can do, you do not do it! Economic activity in the government
has been concentrated and this sector would not quit its governance. As for
the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and
the sanctions Iran is facing again, we conducted an interview with Ala Mir
Mohammad Sadeqi, who is a seasoned Iranian entrepreneur and a member of Iran
Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture.
What is your advice to the government in the face of new US sanctions and
Washington’s withdrawal from JCPOA?
Taking the status quo into account it is not possible to present effective
solutions but there is one logical and sound strategy the government could
consider if it is realistic. That is to delegate the economy to the people.
If the people take control of the economy they would be able to steer it on
the right path. The private sector needs liquidity in order to develop its
activities, and the banks need to do something for them. In the current
situation, banks do not seem to be able to act actively in terms of
liquidity. Therefore, with the presence of the people, it is possible to
eliminate the existing gaps.
The sanctions are a huge loss for the country, but it can be viewed as an
opportunity as well. The people’s ability to engage in economic activity is
such that they can achieve good success in production and even produce low
cost goods. If this happens we will be able to cross the sanctions.
The people would participate when they can trust the policymakers. Under the
status quo how can people be expected to get involved in the economy?
Let’s not forget that 80 percent of the economy is in the hands of
the public sector. When a country is not under sanctions and operates under
normal circumstances, the state economy is to its disadvantage. Now with the
sanctions, the state economy is like a deadly poison. If there is talk of
reform in various areas, no reforms will be possible without the presence of
the people. Now that our enemy (the US) has been provoked and wants to carry
out different actions against Iran, it is better to use the power of the
people to overcome the tension. Of course, people also want to participate
in the domestic economy.
We have a significant number of wealthy people in the country who are ready
to enter the economy, if they are reassured that the government would stop
its governance and believes in the presence of the private sector and
people’s investment. As a first step, I recommend that the government
transfer its plants to the people under easy terms. The government has
factories that are making losses and cannot continue business. By ceding
such plants the economy can be saved. This Resistance Economy is one of the
key strategies that can provide a way out of the problems for the Iranian
economy. This discourse can be seen as a way out and a liberating approach.
There is a problem in achieving the goal of a resilient economy that is lack
of a harmonious understanding of this concept. Perhaps this is why we are
not successful in formulating and achieving the goals of the plans. The
people of Iran also have more sympathy and empathy with this issue and I am
sure that they will support Iranian goods with the same strategies. Economy
and economic growth require a calm and balanced environment; on the other
hand, we have to be self-confident and take steps on the path to