Mehdi Ghazanfari: Iranian Competition Council Failed to Control Domestic Car Market
In recent months, the prices of different types of homemade cars have been increased dramatically in Iran. Consequently, the Iranian government ordered Competition Council to control domestic car market in country. After a few months, Competition Council managed to announce the fixed prices for local-manufactured cars.
Iranian Minister of Industries, Mines and Trade Mehdi Ghazanfari said on Friday that Competition Council was acted poorly in managing the car market in Iran. “Unfortunately, this council was unable to control prices and car manufacturers properly in Iran. Currently, local companies have reversed their prices back to their own rates. This proves the poor management of Competition Council, as their announcement was not binding.”
Ghazanfari says Iranian government will not apply its own policies in domestic car market. “We are not interested in setting a fixed rate for car manufacturers. Of course, controlling domestic car markets is not the duty and responsibility of local government. As President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remarked in his latest press-conference, government will not meddle in this dispute.”
Mehdi Ghazanfari also went on to say that Iranian government was looking to help local car manufacturers to produce more quality vehicles for domestic markets, but a group of politicians and members of parliament were unhappy with the projects of government.
“Unfortunately, MPs announced their disagreements with government’s constructive projects in this regard. We were able to reduce the prices by 30 to 40 percent in domestic markets.” Ghazanfari concluded.