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Corrupt people are block to privatization.

Economy Minister Ali Tayeb-nia says people making corrupt profits running state-owned companies have been successfully fighting against the efforts to privatize those firms and convert Iran to a private enterprise economy.

Blaming the stiff resistance mounted by provincial officials and some Majlis deputies to privatization, the minister added, "Not a single day goes by without this ministry receiving letters threatening me and my deputies with a vote of no-confidence in the Majlis."

Tayeb-nia, who was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 10th Conference on Tax and Fiscal Policies in Iran, noted that Article 44 of the Constitution was supposed to bring about an economic revolution in the country. But when it comes to privatization of even just one company, the beneficiary groups exert pressure from all directions, he said.

The minister's comments echoed those made by the head of the Iranian Privatization Organization last month. "The current surge of opposition to privatization is horrible," Mir-AliAshraf-Abdollah Puri-Hossaini said then.

"Right now, 400 economic entities have yet to be handed over. In addition, 300 public companies have been removed from the list of privatization offers on varying grounds," he said.

After the 1979 revolution, almost all major economic sectors were nationalized for the alleged purpose of redistributing wealth. Some analysts said that resulted in more state control of the economy than in some countries of Eastern Europe during the Soviet era.

Under Article 44 of the Constitution, the government owns all major industries. In 2008, a new wave of criticism over the disproportionate state ownership and its inefficiencies drew attention to Article 44.

The Law on the Implementation of Article 44 redefined the limitations on private sector participation in the economy. The law promoted privatization. But many in the regime have fought any change. Furthermore, most businesses that were "privatized," are actually owned by other state institutions, such as pension funds.

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Title Annotation:Economy: Money and its impact
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Date:Mar 10, 2017
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