The head of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce announced on December 30 that Iran was ready to cooperate in the reconstruction of Syria.
In comments carried by the Fars state-run news agency, Gholamhossein Shafeie said that Iranian and Syrian statesmen were currently in “comprehensive” cooperation for development in Syria.
“In this regard, Iran’s private sector is ready to cooperate in this field and supply the basic goods of the Syrian people,” he added in a joint meeting with Iranian and Syrian officials held in the Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber of Commerce established a department two years ago for reconstruction in Syria including in the field of technical, engineering, electrical, industrial and agricultural services.
This and other measures by the Iranian regime, like the transfer of millions of dollars’ worth of medicine and medical equipment to Iraq, has angered the people of Iran.
They say that the government has abandoned the people and chant, “Leave Syria and think of us” in their protest gatherings.
According to reports from Iran, 80% of Iranians live under the line of poverty as a result of years of corruption and government mismanagement.
With the current inflation in Iran which the regime puts at 46.5% for food and beverages, 54.9% for transportation, and 52.6% for home appliances, ordinary Iranians have a hard time affording food and other basic goods.
The price of meat has doubled since last year and many people say they have not been able to buy meat for months.
This is while the government has not raised wages to include Iran’s soaring inflation.
Iran has pledged agricultural aid to Syria even while thousands of Iranian farmers in Isfahan held hundreds of rallies in 2018 protesting their water rights.
The Iranian regime has diverted the water from the once flourishing Zayandehrud to neighboring provinces for industrial uses, destroying Isfahan’s agriculture and with it, the livelihood of thousands of farmers.
Iran has pledged electricity to Syria despite the fact that many Iranians suffer from power shortages in the scorching southern provinces of Iran during summer.
According to Iran’s Minister of Energy, Iran had a 5,000 megawatt shortage last summer which is around 7% of Iran’s power production.
In late June, Iranian media reported that with an increase in power use, Tehran and a number of other provinces suffered power shortages and that “for the first time”, Iran’s power supply had reached zero.
Even in terms of industry, Iran is in a state of crisis. In the past few months, many of Iran’s industries have become bankrupt including Iran’s automobile industry.
The Tabriz automobile factory which was one of a kind in the Middle East went bankrupt recently after it was privatized.
According to the ISNA state-run news agency, the condition of the factory is so dire that its board members and CEO all left the company in a group resignation abandoning the factory workers.