Speaking on Monday, during an oversight visit to the
Ministry of Petroleum, Raisi outlined directives and crucial policies aimed at
enhancing both the quantitative and qualitative performance of this vital
Raisi identified investment as a pivotal driver of economic
growth and highlighted the oil and gas industry as a prime sector for
investment, urging officials within the Ministry of Petroleum to intensify
efforts in attracting both domestic and foreign capital to escalate production
and boost revenue.
Underscoring the significance of increased oil production
and exports despite sanctions and threats, Raisi applauded these
accomplishments as golden achievements within the two-year roadmap of the
government. Furthermore, he stressed the importance of refining crude oil to
bolster production, employment, and efficiency.
The President pinpointed several crucial points, urging
against delays in developmental initiatives and advocating for expedited
completion of gas collection projects. He emphasized the necessity of
harnessing the potential of knowledge-based companies, particularly in gas and
oil management, while prioritizing curbing fuel smuggling.
Addressing the issue of fuel smuggling, Raisi labeled it a
serious national problem and emphasized collaborative efforts among responsible
bodies, including the Ministry of Petroleum, to formalize fuel purchases from
neighboring countries through official channels, preventing extensive damages
caused by smuggling and directing resulting revenues toward regional welfare.
Furthermore, Raisi stressed the Ministry of Petroleum’s
responsibility in social initiatives, urging a focus on resource allocation for
developing regions near production centers and ensuring fair treatment in
resource acquisition for individuals and organizations.
Emphasizing the need for unity across all levels of the
petrochemical sector, Raisi highlighted the importance of addressing
imbalances, particularly in gasoline and gas sectors, transforming these
commodities into assets, and intelligently engaging private investors while
operationalizing public participation within the Ministry of Petroleum.
Raisi concluded by underlining the crucial role of citizen
engagement and investment in joint oil and gas fields as secure and promising
avenues for directing public funds toward production, reaffirming the
government's unwavering commitment to harnessing these resources for the
nation's benefit. He also urged a stringent review of the Petroleum Ministry's
relationship with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), advocating immediate
revisions in laws and regulations within the sector while upholding legal oversight.
The President directed authorities to collaborate with the
National Development Fund to resolve issues within the Petroleum Ministry while
commending the continuous efforts of the ministry's officials toward elevating
its position to one befitting its significance.