Important Message of Rouhani's Trip to France and Italy

Monday, February 1, 2016

Abbas Maleki
Associate Professor at Sharif University of Technology’s Faculty of Energy, Tehran

Every day that passes, issues related to human behavior both in the society and in nature are explored more by researchers. The reason is that issues related to psychology and psychoanalysis are more undiscovered and ambiguous for us, humans, than issues related to other fields of science. To analyze economic issues as well as the quantity and quality of the market, experts resort to theories of psychology and other cognitive sciences when behavior of customers and consumers is involved. Media, as such, play a great role in reflecting behavior of various social layers and classes and can have necessary effects on future decisions through suitable or exaggerated depiction or even downplaying the quality of consumption and production in every economic sector of the world.

This issue holds water with regard to sanctions, which were imposed on Iran in the past, especially during the last 10 years. In view of decisions made by the United Nations Security Council, the US government and Congress and the European Union to impose unjust sanctions on Iran, this issue was greatly magnified by mass media. Global media, which are mostly controlled by major capitalists and big companies owned by such media moguls as Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner, tried to magnify various aspects of anti-Iran sanctions in a false manner.

Other media have been deceived by this media reflection, which I describe as the echo of sound in a stone valley, and as a result, countries like Japan, South Korea, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates imposed much tougher sanctions compared to primary sanctions that had been imposed on Iran. In the next stage, capital, production and service markets, in addition to other large and small companies and corporations, followed suit with this trend.

The point is that smaller companies, which were not willing to pay the cost of risk and uncertainty, and companies, which were not able to enter markets where they would face the possibility of failure with a probability of 50 percent or higher, withdrew from various industrial and service sectors in Iran. And whenever they were talked to, they somehow said, ‘we know; we are small companies and banks and cannot take risk on this issue’.

I believe that this is the main point, which makes the recent visits by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to Italy and France so important. Following the visits, instead of seeing an intensified reflection of sanctions through media and among medium and small companies, today we see that key decision-makers in the world, some of whom are major member states of the European Union, are sending messages through media that problems faced for working with Iran have been solved. In my opinion, the outcome of this media reflection is that from now on, small and medium companies will face fewer problems for working with Iran.

I mean that kind of companies, which are operating not only in developing countries, but also in most big and small countries of the world on a relatively small capital, but on the back of relatively modern technologies, especially in the field of information technology. Examples include an Indian company, which is active with regard to solar energy, or a Chinese company working on issues related to development of telecommunications, or a company from South Korea, which works on innovations in shipbuilding. The message that such organizations have received is that they can work with Iran from now on.

In my opinion, before being happy about having concluded a contract with Airbus to purchase 118 aircraft, which is of course a cause for happiness, we must besides that think about scores of smaller aircraft companies, which will have bilateral relations with Iran. This includes companies producing aircraft with lower service ceiling like ATR planes, which seem to be among the most suitable aircraft for Iran. We must also think about working with oil and gas companies that are not as big as France’s Total.

The set of small and medium companies that can work in Iran's oil and gas industry can have a collective influence as well as economic, technological and financial outcomes, which may be much more important for our country in comparison with such big companies as Total. It seems that from now on, the Iranian society, especially economic activists and those who are active in policymaking sectors of the country, must look for small and medium companies the sum total of whose work for us could be much more than what we can get through interaction with major multinational corporations.

This does not mean that we must not work with big corporations, but it seems that Iranian policymakers must put the highest emphasis on and pay the highest attention to finding new grounds and areas in which such companies have been growing and reaching production or service stage in various regions of the world during these 10 years when we were deprived of interaction with the world. Companies from Brazil, Argentina, India, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and other small countries, whose role has been less significant than bigger countries, are among such companies.

Key WordsHassan Rouhani, Trip, France, Italy, Sanctions, Mass Media, Big Companies, Japan, South Korea, Australia, The United Arab Emirates, Small Companies, Modern Technologies, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Maleki

Source: Forsat Emrooz Newspaper
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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