‘Privatization not fully based on Article 44 of constitution’

TEHRAN, Sept. 6 (MNA) – Chairman of The Supreme Audit Court (SAC) Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has expressed his views about major economic issues including the fourth and fifth development plans, privatization, excessive imports, and the subsidy reform plan.

SAC is tasked with controlling financial operations and activities of all ministries, institutions, state companies and other organizations which benefit from the national budget.

Fazli made the remarks in an interview with the ISNA news agency published on Monday.

Commenting on the success of the Fourth Development Plan (2005-10), Fazli said in some areas such as economic growth and inflation control, the administration has failed to achieve the goals set in the plan.

In the preparation of the Fifth Development Plan (2010-15), the shortcomings and weak points of the previous plan should be taken into consideration, he added.

On the draft of the Fifth Development Plan which has been submitted to the parliament for examination, he said the plan is not devised completely based on the goals set in the 20-year Outlook Plan and the major policies endorsed by the Supreme Leader.

The chief of the supervisory body also believes that the goals envisaged in the plan are not measurable and that the draft does not enjoy cohesion.

On privatization, Fazli said the handover of the state companies to the private sector has not been carried out according to the requirements set in the Article 44 of the Constitution and most of the companies have been handed over to the semi-official companies.

“The private sector has been involved in at most 15 percent of the transactions and handovers,” he stated.

About excessive imports into the country, he said even in the production of simple products, Iranian companies can not compete with rival foreign companies.

Fazli also pointed to the subsidy reform plan, saying officials should honestly inform people about the repercussion of the plan.

“For sure, the implementation of the plan will lead to a rise in prices,” he asserted.

The implementation of the reforms is a sensitive issue, so the political groups should not take the advantage of the issue to reach their political aims, because this may result in severe political disputes in the country.



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