Sustainable Development &
Improvement of Int'l Relations
For a president who hopes to be reelected for
another four years in the second term, there is no other way than
implementing policies in the first year of his tenure which would have
sweet results at least in the third and fourth years.
Dr. Hassan Rouhani was elected the 11th President of the Islamic Republic of
Iran by a majority voting. Now, it should be seen to what extent would Dr.
Rouhani be committed to the promises he gave the people prior to his
Let's review some of the economic promises he gave supporters during his
Dr. Rouhani believes that the sanctions are tyrannical and have badly hurt
Iran. He says the sanctions should be stopped and should be taken to the UN
Security Council for complete removal. This, he says confidently, can be
done although it may be a complicated process. As for the high prices and
devaluation of the national currency, Dr. Rouhani believes that people are
concerned about the issue as well as their living. Nevertheless, he believes
injustice, corruption and weak morality in the society are far worse than
connection with the two-digit unemployment Dr. Rouhani believes that
creation of sustainable job opportunity is one of the most important
programs of his government; and for sustainable and generating employment
there is no alternative than development of production. To accomplish this
important task, he underlines, the inappropriate climate in Iran's
international interactions should be changed and relations should be
established with the world through sound interaction.
Finally, the president-elect believes that efficient management and valuable
experiences are national assets which are even more precious than oil. He
says more than oil we need thoughtful minds which know how to spend revenues
so that people's welfare would be promoted and the country would be set on
the course of progress.
Now it is incumbent upon the president-elect to know that the economic
condition is so critical and the new government should seek ways out of this
dilemma. Dr. Rouhani's government will be facing a huge budget deficit for
current expenditures. The new government should know that economic growth
has been halted and unemployment increased and the economic situation is so
bad that demands application of bold programs in order to restore the
economy to the path of 2005.
The economic situation in the country is so disturbed that at least in the
area of economy and under the present juncture managers who are the outcome
of the president-elect's coalition with his supporting groups could not be
Under the current economic condition a set of coordinated measures together
with calculated risks should be taken by certain people who know the outcome
of those policies and are capable of presenting historical evidence for
applicability of their policies.
Relative application of sound economic policies in the short term would be
unattractive and in some cases bitter and intolerable for the people. For
millions of Iranians who, especially in the past two years, have tolerated
paralyzing economic pressures and have voted for a new president in the hope
to get rid of those pressures, acceptance of new pressures and additional
restrictions would bring about more resentment.
For a president who hopes to be reelected for another four years in the
second term, there is no other way than implementing policies in the first
year of his tenure which would have sweet results at least in the third and
Without doubt, implementation of what was mentioned in the above will depend
on improvement of Iran's relations with the world. This is an issue in which
the new president is specialized.