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Iran's New Economy Minister Meets a Despondent Business Community

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Dejpasand faced gripes about the inefficient taxation system, dysfunctional banks and the privatization plans gone awry
Iran's New Economy Minister Meets a Despondent Business Community - Photo: Bahareh TaghiabadiIran's New Economy Minister Meets a Despondent Business Community - Photo: Bahareh Taghiabadi

The new minister of economy and finance Sunday was surrounded by a weary business community as he addressed board members of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries Mines and Agriculture.
As hard as he tried to appease, Farhad Dejpasand – an academic appointed by President Hassan Rouhani in late October after his predecessor was ousted in a no-confidence motion in parliament – was bound to be met with deep skepticism from businesses disappointed with broken promises and sloganeering.
Add to this the plight of sanctions from outside and an unfriendly business climate inside the country.  
"I am here to promote interaction between the government and private sector. While we believe that the private sector should partner with the government  during normal times, we also think that it should have a forward role during the sanctions era," Dejpasnad said. 

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