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Iran: Experts constitute 2.2 percent of private sector management

Qom, Feb 8, IRNA -- Secretary General of Iran experts Association Khosro Nasserizadeh said here Saturday that number of expert manpower employed in the private sector "is dismal, constituting only 2.2 percent of the management force."

He told IRNA that representation of women experts in political and executive hierarchy is limited to three percent of the management pool "a far cry from their (women) 50 percent potential."

The next Iranian year's (Starts March 21) budget stipulates for 65 percent of the total funds to be allocated to 3,000 loss making state-owned companies "which should be ceded to the private sector," Nasserizadeh added.

He said the private sector is more efficient in management-related affairs and government should downsize its role and assume "a policy- making, monitoring and supporting role in the economy."

He said making investment, utilizing resource and capable management are factors for employment creation in an economy, adding "students are our national wealth."

Minister of Economy and Finance Tahmasb Mazaheri said here in December that privatization will be expedited in Iran once amendments are made to the Third Five-Year Economic Development Plan.

He said that privatization has been decided upon by the government and Majlis and as one of the important tools of economic reforms in Iran would undoubtedly been implemented.

He was pleased with that 'positive' trend of privatization in Iran despite certain legal barriers.

However, Head of Privatization Organization Mehdi Ali-Akbar has previously said that government has been able to meet only about one sixth of its privatization targets in the first eight months of the year (started March 21).

Ali-Akbar told the Third Privatization Workshop that only rls 1.43 billion worth of shares were ceded to applicants during the period, while the budget law for current year stipulated a figure of rls six billion.

He blamed the failure to materialize the objective on the non-cooperation by state-run organizations.

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