Summary of Iran Stories of Today's BroadcastsBehnam NateghiMonday, January 06, 2003
<b>Iran's Foreign Investment Potential</b>
* Finance and economic affairs minister Tahmasb Mazaheri said Iran has received inquiries worth $3 billion from foreign investors. He said the new foreign investment promotion and protection law covers Iranian investors who bring capital into the country, and would not include the domestic capital of the same investors.
* US Treasury's economic analyst Behzad Touhidi tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that finance minister's figure appears too optimistic, because in 1999 Iran attracted only $100 million in foreign investment. Because of the present political and economic uncertainty, long-term investment in Iran is a huge gamble that no investor would take, despite guarantees offered by the new law. However, the dual treatment of capital investments based on their origin would encourage domestic investors to export their capital and return it as foreign capital to benefit from the guarantees offered by the new law, and thus, it would not increase the amount of capital invested in Iran. (Ali Sajjadi, Washington)
<b>Washington Iranians March for Women's Rights</b>
* On the 68th anniversary of Shah Reza Pahlavi's ban of the Islamic veil, a group of Iranians-Americans staged a demonstration in front of the US Congress. Maryam, who marched under heavy snow, tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that women of her generation took for granted the freedoms they enjoyed under the Shah. When, after the 1979 revolution, those freedoms and rights were taken away, what appeared fiction in the grandmothers stories of a dark past, became present reality. Another demonstrator, Fahimeh, tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that Iranian women would never accept the tyranny of the Islamic Republic. (Leyla Sadr, Washington)
* In the first nine months of the current fiscal year, Iran's non-exports reached $3.8 billion, according to the figures released today by the customs. During the same period, Iran imported $16.2 billion worth of goods. Non-oil exports, mainly carpets, pistachio nuts and steel, grew by 17 percent, as compared to the same period in the previous year, and would reach $5 billion by the end of the fiscal year on March 21, 2003, but imports would reach $22 billion, a warning sign in the event of a drop in oil prices. (Fereydoun Khavand, Paris)
<b>Senator Hagel Calls for Dialogue with Iran</b>
* Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) tells <b>Radio Farda</b> that the policy of isolating the countries who endeavor to develop a nuclear capability is short-sighted. He says "I have opposed the last two administrations', including this administration's, policy on Iran. I think, it is very short-sighted." Senator Hagel adds: "The United States, as powerful as we are, we cannot go to war against the world. We cannnot win a war against terrorism by ourselves." He says, "I think United States is always concerned with countries that are endeavoring to develop a nuclear capability, but I think the way you deal with those situations is not to isolate them." Senator Hagel was one of the two senators who voted against the extension of the Iran Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA). (Mahtab Farid, Washington)
<b>Political Prisoners Languish In Jails</b>
* Lawyer Abbas Barzegar asked the judiciary to allow his client, reformist cleric Hasan Yusefi-Eshkevari leave jail for an emergency operation. Eshkevari was convicted to five years in prison for the speech he made in at the 1998 Berlin conference on reforms in Iran. <b>Radio Farda</b> reviews the long list of political prisoners, writers and journalists languishing in Iranian jails as their memory begins to pale with the news of new arrests and political trials. (Alireza Taheri, Prague)
<b>Iraqi Kurdish Leader to Visit Tehran</b>
* Jalal Talabani, secretary-general of the patriotic union of the Iraqi Kurdistan, arrives in Iran today at the helm of a high-level delegation, in advance of the first conference inside Iraq of the main Iraqi opposition groups. Talabani is a member of the committee of 65 elected two weeks ago in the London conference of anti-Saddam forces. (Shireen Famili, Prague)
طهماسب مظاهري، وزير امور اقتصادي و دارائي جمهوري اسلامي گفت در حال حاضر معادل سه ميليارد دلار تقاضا از خارج براي سرمايه گذاري به ايران رسيده است. وي افزود: سرمايه ايرانيان خارج از كشور دز صورتي كه از خارج وارد كشور شود، مشمول حمايت قانون جلب سرمايه گذاري هاي خارجي قرار خواهد گرفت، اما اين قانون سرمايه هاي دروني اين سرمايه گذاران را شامل نمي شود.
دكتر بهزاد توحيدي، كارشناس اقتصاد در وزارت خزانه داري آمريكا، در مصاحبه با راديوفردا مي گويد سياست دوگانه اي كه نسبت به سرمايه هاي با منشا داخلي و خارجي اعمال مي شود، تاثيري در افزايش سرمايه گذاري در ايران ندارد، بلكه باعث مي شود سرمايه گذاران ايراني، سرمايه هاي خود را بعد از انتقال به خارج، به ايران بازگردانند تا مشمول معافيت ها و حمايت هاي اين قانون بشوند. وي مي افزايد: رقمي كه وزيردارائي جمهوري اسلامي اعلام كرد خوشبينانه به نظر مي رسد زيرا در حقيقت مسئله اصلي رفع بلاتكليفي سياسي و اقتصادي درون ايران است. وي مي افزايد: با اين محيطي كه وجود دارد، سرمايه گذاري درازمدت قماري است كه كمتر صاحب سرمايه اي به آن دست مي زند.