Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari has said that Iran's exports of services and non-oil commodities in the past Iranian calendar year of 1381 (ended March 20) reached as high as 11.5 billion dollars, IRNA reported from Tehran on Saturday quoting the local press.
The Persian-language newspaper `Iran` quoted Shariatmadari as saying in a letter to President Mohammad Khatami that Iran`s exports of non-oil commodities reached five billion dollars while the exports of services stood at 6.5 billion dollars over the period.
He added that the increase in Iran`s annual exports of non-oil commodities from 2.875 billion dollars in 1376 (ended March 20, 1998) [when Khatami was first elected as president] to five billion dollars in 1381 was the fruit of government policies to promote exports.
"What prompted the increase was government policies to remove obstacles hindering the exports, to identify root-causes of the obstacles, to remove the unnecessary regulations and to encourage exporters and provide them with extra facilities," Shariatmadari said.
He further indicated a growth of 25.7 percent in Iran`s exports of non-oil commodities over a period of five months starting March 21.
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