Iran's Presidential Candidates Face Off in First Debate of 2024 Election

The six candidates vying to become Iran's next president face off in the first televised debate on Monday, presenting their plans on how best to revive the economy.

Iran (IMNA) - The contenders are laying out their economic platforms, offering a range of proposals aimed at addressing high inflation, sanctions, investment, and other economic issues and challenges.

The hopefuls continue to trade barbs and criticisms, each trying to position himself as the best candidate to tackle Iran's economic woes.


I was the only candidate after registration who said he would implement the policies enshrined in the Seventh Development Plan.

Ghazizadeh Hashemi:

Show us an example of a developing country that grew on the recommendations of the World Bank. The World Bank's vision does not accept the concept of humanity, it says that employees should be paid based on productivity.

We believe in global experience, but both successful experiences and failed experiences.

If you cannot comply with the Seventh Development Plan and you know it is very difficult, why did you become a candidate for the presidential election?

The government should not compete with the people, this is against the strategic policy.


If we do not remove self-imposed sanctions inside the country, it is not possible to follow the issue of lifting sanctions outside the country.

I was in Tehran municipality for 12 years, I didn't have the necessary support from the government, but I built 170 kilometers of metro (in the city).

We should use the capacity of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and agreements reached.


I believe we can solve the problems with reliance on national capabilities and expertise, with the help of experts.

The numbers serve as evidence. We must speak with numbers. Ambition alone does not work.

We are forced to succumb to liquidity and inflation.

How can we create stability in the midst of this turbulent sea of inflation?

We cannot just speak, the numbers are screaming and showing themselves.


The government should be active, thoughtful, facilitating and complementary. This lends meaning to the sovereign state. The powerful government is not against the people.

Sanctions must be neutralized; After that, diplomacy must.


What is important is what approach is going to be used to govern the country.

President Raesi's government did many things that they said could not be done.

Privatization is to increase productivity, not for the government's small income.

If someone comes to invest and does not have required qualifications, we will definitely not get results.

This is an election and people can choose which government will come to work.


If management is improved, cost issues will also be improved

We are providing money but we don't pay attention to results. Why should we entrust management (of our public affairs) to those who incurs losses.

When visiting a doctor, we look for an expert doctor, not a doctor of our own faction.

Economic issues won't be solved with slogans. It can be done only with expert work and using the experience of the world. Brains are fleeing and funds are also fleeing.


To achieve an 8 percent economic growth, in my opinion, productivity takes priority over investment.

Mr. Pezeshkian rightly said we don't have currency for importing used cars; but I must say, last year $8 billion were allocated for importing used cars.

In the seventh development plan, Article 8, the government is obliged to transform one of the specialized banks into a development bank where liquidity is transferred and spent on infrastructure and production projects.

The diplomatic apparatus (of the country) should pursue the (issue of) neutralization of sanctions.

Qazizadeh Hashemi:

I consider myself committed to the programs of President Raeisi's government.

Privatization must be competitive and transparent, with the stock market as its tool.

The government should not compete with the private sector; the private sector is a strategic partner of the government, and the government should support its development.

The government is a major foundation for investment but should not monopolize.


We have accomplished great tasks, but we must also recognize the weaknesses.

Are the problems only with the executives? Perhaps the programs have issues. Is 8 percent growth really feasible to implement? Maybe the program is not executable.

Until we build trust, people will not invest, and we will not have economic growth. It is not possible to deal optimistically with issues.

National capability has enabled us to withstand crippling sanctions.


Pezeshkian made general statements and in the end said it's not possible. I wonder how he became a presidential candidate.

Fundamentally, inflation is not bad. The key is to prevent inflation from becoming erratic and to invest capital in suitable places.


Understanding opportunities is essential for achieving the eight economic growth plan. If we say achieving 8 percent growth is possible, it requires us to see the opportunities.

The policy of maximum pressure (that US executed against Iran) failed with planning, understanding opportunities, and attracting investments.

The same people who said they wouldn't negotiate with us came and made long-term agreements with us.

If our focus is merely on weaknesses and we fail to see the opportunities, we cannot achieve success.

For investment, you must have a prepared package of permits so that individuals within your administrative structure do not get stuck.

Without a precise and proper framework, exporters and importers will face problems. Exporting and earning foreign currency should become a mission for all agencies.

The president must identify shortcomings and problems, as well as recognize opportunities to help the country grow by addressing these shortcomings.


It's impossible to have a proper trading partner in the world with these sanctions.

No country has had economic growth without export growth since World War II.

Buying second-hand foreign cars has become an honor for us.

With incorrect technologies, we are losing underground reservoirs.

The inflation rate is at 40%, while wages increase by 20%.


The most important issue of the seventh development plan is family-centeredness.

Mr. Pezeshkian mentioned that there should be cohesion in all areas, I agree with that.

When we talk about investment, it is partly related to investment itself and partly to productivity.

We have not made the economy predictable. Two days ago, a ministry made a decision that caused an outcry.

Qazizadeh Hashemi:

The cost of our wrong (economic) decisions is paid by the people.

Our economy is unpredictable. It needs to become predictable. We should not make decisions at the expense of exporters. We should not ban the import and export of tomatoes one day and onions the next. We need to stop causing economic hardship for people.

We need to invest in creation of joint industrial parks with foreigners and neighbors. Economic policy should boost production and benefit (Iranian) households.

We sell crude oil and buy cooking oil. Knowledge-based companies can produce the same.

Mostafa Pourmohammadi:

Economic problems do not solely have economic solutions. The economy is interconnected with culture, society, legal, political, and international issues.

Some used to say that sanctions are not a significant issue. Now they say they impact our economy by 20-30 percent. When all our trade and financial relations are locked, how can economic actors operate?

We must work with the world and meet the needs of our people.

Alireza Zakani:

Iran's economic problems are not related to sanctions but the economic prescriptions of the United States.

Firstly, we must emphasize economic stability based on de-dollarizing the economy and relying on our national currency. Secondly, we should pursue a production leap focused on product-oriented production. Thirdly, we must accept the governance of the people in the economy. And fourthly, we should prioritize wealth creation.

We need to de-dollarize the economy. The problem with the economy is that people earn in rials but, due to the path we have set, spend in dollars.

Saeed Jalili:

An 8 percent economic growth is essential today, and people must be able to choose who can achieve it in the best way

Linking growth solely to capital is not sufficient. Growth has various factors, one of which is capital, but managing this capital is more important.

If our national consensus is to achieve 8 percent economic growth, we must have 48 programs that the seventh development plan requires from the government.

An 8 percent growth can be realized only if we have a plan for it starting the day after the elections and recognize the country's

Masoud Pezeshkian:

With the current forces and experts, the seventh development plan (of the country) is not feasible.

If we cannot ensure internal cohesion and participation of all political groups in the implementation of programs, the seventh development plan will not be executed properly.

The government, along with experts, must formulate a proper plan and review the goals again.

For 8 percent annual economic growth, we need $200 billion, which is not possible under current conditions.It is impossible to achieve 8 percent economic growth without opening borders with other

Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf:

The most important duty of the president is to bring about economic transformation

The president must be chosen in a way that ensures the resolution of problems.

The seventh plan was a joint program of the parliament and the thirteenth government and is the only national covenant of the country.

In my administration, salaries will increase in line with inflation and economic growth.

Ghazizadeh Hashemi:

Making promises causes people to believe everything, and if promises are not fulfilled, people become disillusioned with the ballot box. People are really tired of promises.

Let’s not speak as if the world started today, and we should not criticize the past without considering our own roles in it.

I am the youngest candidate and have 20 years of executive experience in the country.

Source: Presstv

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