Mirsalim: “some of the ministers are inexperienced.”
Arman Melli newspaper published an interview with Seyed Mostafa Mirsalim, a member of the Expediency Council and Tehran’s representative in the 11th parliament about the new government. Asked about the weak and strong points of the new administration, Mirsalim said some of the ministers of Mr. Raisi government are inexperienced.”
In response to the question as what challenges and opportunities were facing the government, said: “The strength of the 13th cabinet is that they believe in the possibility of finding unconditional solutions to the problems, i.e. the government is not looking for possible negotiations and its results, and has started its activities relying on God-given capabilities and popular support. This feature is very important because it is based on self-confidence and not dependence on others, especially enemies.
“The relative weakness is the lack of experience of some members of the government, which, given the size of the government, all its members can easily compensate for that weakness through perseverance and by using the expert opinions and consultation of experienced people.”
Mirsalim, who is currently chairing the Central Council of the Coalition Party, in response to the question that what are the most important obstacles to the approval of the FATF in the Expediency Council? said: “The FATF has a number of clauses, most of which have been ratified, except the resolution on transnational organized crime and the non-support of intimidation activities.
“We have strong domestic resolutions in both cases, especially since in many cases our country has been a victim of organized transnational criminal movements and has been harmed by the murderous acts of intimidating and hypocritical groups. The question for us is whether full adherence to the FATF will lift the sanctions; Officials in the previous government did not provide any guarantees, and as a result, it seemed to us that our FATF membership will end up in providing the country’s banking information to foreigners, which could be effective in tightening sanctions, and this is far from expedient. I should also add in the margins that technically the banking network is behind the progress that has taken place in the world, and assuming that today we want to fully join the FATF, it will not be practically possible unless the internal banking procedures are reformed. “
Vatane Emrooz: “Tax system reform, a way to cure the budget”
On its page 3, Vatane Emrooz newspaper, in an article entitled “Tax system reform, a way to cure the budget”, examines the importance of reforming the tax law and its role in financing the government’s budget deficit. “One of the issues that the Iranian economy has been struggling with for several years is the budget deficit. To address the budget deficit, government expenditures and revenues need to be reviewed and structural reforms made.” The thirteenth government should put on the agenda, strengthening the tax system in order to create a stable income for the government. Tax is referred to as clean income in the economy that the government can experience a more stable situation by relying on tax revenue.
Meanwhile, one of the chronic illnesses of Iran’s economy is the dependence of the country’s budget on oil revenues which has had detrimental consequences for the Iranian economy, and this must be reduced in order to structurally reform the budget. “Despite a 21.2% increase in tax revenues, the share of taxes in total budget revenues has reached its lowest level in a decade, which has nothing to do with reducing dependence on oil and reforming the budget structure.”
Etemad: “Lighting in the Darkness of the Economy”
Etemad newspaper has published an article entitled “Lighting in the Darkness of the Economy” and referring to the “Investigation of Accumulated Losses of 67,000,000,000,000,000 Tomans of the Melli Bank” writes: “Less than a day after the promise of transparency in the darkroom of state-owned companies the publication of the financial statements of the Bank Melli of Iran, along with several other state-owned companies, showed that the Ministry of Economy and Finance had begun to fulfill its promise in continuation of the previous minister’s efforts. Ehsan Khandouzi Sunday announced that “by visiting the Codal website, one can see the financial statements of Iran Insurance, the Melli Bank, the Central Insurance, the Personal Injury Insurance Fund, the auditing organization and other companies.”
“… The news of the upload of financial statements of state-owned companies in the Codal system caused many economic activists and the media to consider it a positive step in the beginning of the thirteenth government on the path to transparency. Of course, not all reactions to the publication of these financial statements were the same. Some criticized the financial situation of the banks whose financial statements were published. Users also complained and expressed concern about the financial situation of these banks in cyberspace.” (785)