Iran calls for national will to achieve objectives of 20-year vision plan

Jun 30, 2004 02:00 AM

President Mohammad Khatami called for a strong national will to achieve the objectives of the government's 20-year vision plan.
Addressing a session of the Planning and Development Council of Ardebil province, he said Iran's rich natural resources, including copper, oil and gas, should be harnessed to maximum advantage.

On the importance of petrochemical investments in the country, Khatami said income from petrochemical products could match that from oil in the next 10 years. Today, annual sales from petrochemical products amount to $ 1.2 bn, he announced, adding that the figure could well rise to $ 2.8 bn by the time his term ends next year.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is on the road to becoming a more powerful country, President Khatami stressed, adding that a powerful state is dependent on superior technology, industry, economy, science, manpower and the enthusiastic participation of people in all areas of society.

As to the problems that hinder progress for Ardebil province, the president called for a strong determination to remove all obstacles to development and progress.
Before the president was to deliver his speech, he and his entourage was briefed by Minister of Roads and Transportation Ahmad Khorram on the activities of the ministry and the development projects that it is undertaking throughout the country.

Source: Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting News Network
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