Khamnei's mouthpiece in DAVOS
A commentator from Eurasia Group inferred that he sounded like Gorbachev back in 1989, as though Russia had turned out so well after Gorbachev intrigue and that the people of Iran should be celebrating that Hassan Rouhani is the incarnate spirit of Gorbachev. After 24 years of post Gorbachev, Russia is still reeling under a harsh tyranny and the only thing that has changed is that before Gorbachev it was the heads of Communist Party who owned the nation's wealth and people's right to life, and now it is the former heads of KGB who own the nation's wealth and people's right to life.
Hassan Rouhani did not mention that Iran after being ruled for 34 years by the divinely appointed hyper-maniac terrorist Ayatollahs ranked 142 among 181 countries in terms of quality of life and working conditions. And that Iran stands 96 in terms of ease of doing business, 165th in ease of getting business permits, 147th in employment, 148th in ease of registering assets, 84th in ease of getting credits, 164th in legal support for investments, 104th in transparency and clarity of tax payment, 142nd in overseas trade, 56th in feasibility of contracts and 107th in bankruptcy and remains on top of the list of corruption international and ranks 69th out of 139 in Global Competitiveness Report. Yet, he did not fail to invoke the grand achievements of Khomaini's glorious revolution. This is when investment climate in Iran, one of the richest countries in the world is equaled only to $12.82 billion (at home) and $2 billion (abroad) according to the World Factbook statistics in 2010. He also did not mention that according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), foreign direct investment (FDI) in Iran in 2010 was only 1.6 billion dollars because of unfavorable domestic conditions mentioned above and the continued economic sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic Terrorist regime for obvious and legitimate reasons.
There was no reference to the fact that EIU's estimate of Iran's net FDI flow within the four years (2010-14) did not materialize. The estimates that FDI (net inflow) in Iran was $1.4 billion in 2011 (equivalent to 0.3% of GDP) down from $3.2 billion in 2010. The report forecasts this figure for 2012 to fall to $1.25 billion, but hope to increase for the next 3 years to reach $1.8 billion in 2015 provided conditions improve. Hassan Rouhani made no reference to claims made by his regime that planned FDI in 2011 was $4.3 billion but achieved only $1.6 Billion and the planned FDI for $8-10 billion in 2012-14 has achieved only $1.1 Billion. And just about every penny of these FDI investments are directed towards unfavorable Oil and Gas and other natural resource deals mainly in Bushehr and Khuzestan the oil and gas rich provinces with its population living far below poverty line.
Khamnei's regime's mouthpiece could not mention that in 2012/13 six provinces of Pars, Gilan, Tehran, Kerman, Mazandaran and West Azerbaijan were desperate for attracting foreign direct investment but hardly achieved a meager $1.6 Billion.
The stark reality is that Iran needed over $300 billion in foreign direct investment to meet the objectives of its Five-Year Economic Development Plan (2010-2015), to achieve the ambitious eight percent economic growth rate. And while we are already in 2014 only $1.1 Billion FDI have materialized. This is how glorious the Islamic Republic revolution has been. Of course, Hassan Rohani didn't want to bore the Davos audience with the regime's glorious "Vision 2025" that has set an investment target of $3.7 trillion within the remaining 11 years left to Ayatollah's (Vision 2025) of which $1.9 trillion should be in the form of foreign direct investment. Hurry up only few seats left!
Hassan Rouhani did'nt want to burden the Davos audience by telling them that as at 2012/13, only 67 foreign companies were directly investing in Iran. Among developed nations, the most active investors have been the European Union's Mullah friendly nations like Germans, Norwegian, British, French, Swedish and Swiss companies while Japanese, Chinese, Russians and South Koreans kept up the barter deals by taking oil and gas and dumping poor quality goods in Iran's market and bankrupting struggling domestic industries. The Swedish Svedala Industrial has played a major role in exploiting Iran’s copper mines since the late 1990s while Tata Steel of India has been investing in the steel sector. The Kia, Nissan, Peugeot, and Renault auto companies have licensing agreements with Iranian auto manufacturers. Nestlé of Switzerland and Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola of the United States have joint ventures with Iranian companies. Total, Statoil, Shell, Gasprom, and Lucky Goldstar of South Korea have been active in Iran’s natural gas industry. And the world is being told all along Iran is under economic sanctions. Iran’s constitution prohibits direct concession of petroleum rights to foreign investors, but no one really knows who gets what so far as the oil and gas deals are concerned since everything is a closely kept secret. Alcatel of France, MTN Group of South Africa and Siemens of Germany gained major telecommunications contracts in 2004 and 2005, respectively to assist the regime to keep a tab on the pro-democracy activists and help the regime to track down and arrest anyone who said 'enough is enough'.
Hassan Rouhani was 'selected' by the chief tyrant Ali Khamnei to play the role of president in a country that has the potential to develop a broad domestic industrial base. With its educated workforce, cheap labor and energy resources and geographical location with access to an estimated population of some 300 million people in Caspian markets, Persian Gulf states and countries further east, Iran can become a formidable economy if only there was quality leadership. Because of the loathed tyrannical regime, Iran is now ranked world's number one in brain drain. Iran's highly educated and productive forces have left the country and settled mainly in the United States, Canada and rest of the world. In 2006, Iranian Citizens abroad had a net worth of $1.6 trillion but as of 2012, only 11% percent of FDI in Iran is made by Iranians abroad. In 2000, the Iran Press Service reported that Iranian expatriates had invested between $200 and $400 billion in the United States, Europe, and China, but almost nothing in Iran and this huge pool of investors and knowledge capital will not return to Iran before regime change. In Dubai, Iranian expatriates have invested an estimated $200 billion (2006). This is the depth of tragedy that Khamnei's regime has brought upon Iran.
In the meantime, Iran's cities remain chronically congested, polluted, corrupt, with poor infrastructure, ringed with shanty towns, dark, depressed and the youth in despair with everyone trying to either join the forces of regime change or escape the nightmare created by the Mullahs, but none of these facts of course was necessary to mention in Davos.