TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (Mehr News Agency) - President Mahmud Ahmadinejad stated that "thanks to the efforts of exporters" Iran's non-oil exports value exceeded 21 billion dollars in the past Iranian calendar year (ended March 20, 2008).
IRINN quoted the president as saying on Monday that he predicted that a balance between the export and import rates will be achieved in the near future.
President made his remarks in a ceremony on the National Day of Exports in appreciation of exemplary exporters.
"With our abilities and capacities," in a few years, the country's non-oil exports amount will reach 50 billion dollars per year, Ahmadinejad said.
Iran's total exports for 2007, including oil but excluding service revenues, hit 83 billion dollars, which is 0.6 percent of the world's total export value.
Non-oil exports exceeded the figure projected in the Fourth Socio-Economic Development Plan in each of the past three years, the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) Director Mehdi Ghazanfari said on October 10.
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