Accepted businessmen and rent-seeking importers from the famous Iranian Chamber of Commerce, in which most of its members are people loyal to the regime, invited the regime’s most questioned presidential candidate, Ebrahim Raisi, to secure their business and to derive more benefit from this candidate supported by the supreme leader of the regime, Ali Khamenei, if he becomes president.
And Raisi who now imagines himself in the presidential office in rue Pasteur accepted this invitation like the former presidents and made promises which, of course, did not please anyone, but created more uncertainty about the future. economy of the country.
The public website Eghtesad-e-Irani of February 26, 2014 on unsuccessful visits by former presidents wrote:
“Hassan Rouhani went to the Iranian Chamber of Commerce to be the second president to appear in the private sector parliament in the history of the Islamic Republic. There are just other discussions about government support for the private sector. Khatami participated in the private sector parliament during the last year of his presidency. Of course, Rafsanjani, the head of the fifth and sixth governments, and Ahmadinejad, during his eight years under the ninth and tenth governments, did not visit the Chamber of Commerce once, and although the members of the council did visited, but these visits ended without any results.
Admission to brokerage at the Chamber of Commerce
The Iranian government, due to its corrupt economic relations, looting and rent-seeking, does not allow the formation of healthy economic relations, so organizations like the Chamber of Commerce are infected with brokering and corruption, like one of its members has already stressed the importance. to clean up this corrupt atmosphere in the organization and said:
“In recent years, the private sector has been weakened by government decisions and the chamber’s lack of real capacity. Chambers play a key role in the economy of the country, but now brokers are trying to break into the chamber space, and it is not at all suitable for the chamber space and the country’s sanctioned conditions, because a broker never acts like a businessman, but only thinks about lobbying and making a profit for himself. (Eghtesad Online, February 11, 2019)
In this meeting, the House members provided a long list of the economic crises of the country like the zero percent economic growth of the country, the rising inflation rate, the catastrophic social situation of the company, etc. , to Raisi and waited for his response and opinions, but as usual, like other officials, especially the Supreme Leader, he just gave unclear answers.
“There are capacities and resources available for the growth and development of the country. But its missing link is efficient and jihadist management, and good management is the backbone of a strong economy. (Othagh-e-Bazargani, May 28, 2021)
The daily Jahan-e-Sanat attacked him and wrote: “The literature used by Ibrahim Raisi in the private sector shows that he is not familiar with macroeconomic and political economy literature, or that he did not want to focus on macroeconomic indicators such as the budget deficit as the mother of all economic ruin, the rapid rate of inflation which increasingly reduces the purchasing power of citizens, the decrease in the volume of foreign trade, which reduces Iran’s power in regional political negotiations; and other indicators such as growth in liquidity and growth in the monetary base. Of course, you don’t expect someone who has worked in the justice system all of their life to do more, but lack of awareness can also be embarrassing. (Daily Jahan-e-Sanat, May 27, 2021)
As corruption in this regime skyrockets and economic problems are endless, Raisi said, “The problems must be identified and resolved with the help of the people.”
And some people close to Khamenei’s faction criticized Raisi’s participation in this meeting, such as Vahid Ashtari, a former member of the Central Council of the Student Justice Movement, who is close to Khamenei. He said: “The holding of the first electoral rally symbolically expresses the priorities of the country’s candidate. Now, what’s the message of choosing the Chamber of Commerce as a trade union institution and meeting with respected importers in one of the biggest rent-seeking and conflict of interest bottlenecks in the country? »(Dideban-e-Iran, May 27, 2021)
Ehsan Soltani, economic journalist, also wrote in this regard: “Mr. Raisi, who is the head of the judiciary, should only review attendees of the Chamber of Commerce meeting in the following five cases:
- Dual nationality, family residence abroad and ownership abroad
- Bank arrears and debts
- Capital outflow from the country
- Take advantage of rents and concessions
- The rate of increase in wealth and its factors
The conclusion of this meeting is simple, which is the continuation of the grim situation of the country and the economic situation of the people.