“Over the past decades the Leader [of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei], with his complete awareness of domestic and international issues, has chosen a name for every new year that has motivated society,” IRNA quoted Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi as saying on Saturday.
“Considering the country’s situation and international issues the Leader has named the new year as the year of Economic Jihad,” he added.
In a Nowruz (Persian New Year) congratulatory message Ayatollah Khamenei called for concerted efforts by the Iranian nation and officials to prepare the grounds for a decade of economic growth.
“In the Economic Jihad program both short-term and long-term views must be taken into consideration as they are indispensable,” Zahedi said.
“While making long-term economic plans, projects with short-term objectives must also be taken into consideration an example of which is the targeted subsidy plan,” the Iranian envoy added.
Iran’s ambassador to Malaysia also said that while carrying out long-term economic planning, attention should also be paid to moves with short-term goals such as the subsidy reform plan, etc.
The Iranian diplomat went on to say that developing the country’s infrastructure, public transportation, attracting tourists and foreign investment, and job creation are among the factors that can help the country’s economic growth.