President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that free trade economic zones can turn into exemplary models for economic development as the country’s economy lands back on the fast recovery track.
Addressing the board of directors of free trade zones, President Rouhani said taking advantage of new technologies, absorbing investment and making use of experts are among top priorities of these regions.
General conditions of the country are now improving day by day, he said.
There is no doubt that Iran will attain economic prosperity this year and we should spare no effort to materialize this goal, he said.
“The era of recession is now over and we need some more time to reach satisfactory conditions through more efforts,” the president said.
To gain economic development, the general market conditions and employment opportunities should improve, he said.
To attain the goals, all domestic and foreign assets should be utilized and the country’s free trade zones play a very significant role to this end, Rouhani said.
The active role of people and the private sector has played a vital role in putting an end to recession, he said.
The tourism industry will create a large number of employment opportunities and help attain economic development, he said.
The free trade zones should focus their activities on export of non-oil products, absorbing foreign investments and tourists, protecting environment, preserving historical and religious sites and satisfying people residing in those regions, President Rouhani said.