Iran’s Management and Planning Organization (MPO) has been reestablished on an order by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, seven years after the dissolution of the strategic body by his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The outlines of the plan to revive and reestablish the MPO were agreed upon during a Monday session of the State Supreme Administrative Council in Tehran, which was presided over by First Vice President, Es’haq Jahangiri.
During the session, Jahangiri referred to the revival of the MPO as a demand of experts and pundits from the administration and President Rouhani.
The reestablishment of the MPO “on the one hand, had been a campaign promise of the President, and on the other hand, this organization is considered a necessity for developing countries, which have mid-term and short-term plans for development,” the Iranian first vice president said.
He also underlined the need for the efficient management of state affairs as well as a balanced and planned development of the country, terming the revival of the MPO and removal of its weak points “a necessity.”
“The MPO must be an active body to be able to properly formulate, regulate and supervise the state planning system,” the Iranian first vice president said.
In July 2007, former President Ahmadinejad dissolved the MPO and established a new budgeting body directly under his own control. Ahmadinejad’s measure sparked a flurry of criticism among political and economic circles in Iran.
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