Thursday, November 03, 2005

Iran : offers shares to low income families

The Iranian government has approved plans to offer share options to low-income families, the country's official news agency IRNA has reported.
Under the scheme, millions of Iranian families could have the chance to buy shares in state-owned companies.




Iran's finance ministry has been given two months to identify families who could benefit from the scheme, which was agreed by ministers on Wednesday.

Investors would then have 20 years to pay for the share options.

Poverty concerns

The move would be in line with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election vow to improve the condition of Iran's poor.

Despite huge oil wealth, the country suffers from high unemployment and an increasing gap between rich and poor.

According to official data, 15% of Iranians live below the poverty line, although unofficial estimates suggest that figure is much closer to 40%.

The share option plans are similar to a scheme put forward by the head of the Tehran Stock Exchange in June.

Under those proposals, about 14 million families would be offered the chance to buy a selection of shares worth about 100m rials ($11,044; £6,213).

I do wonder if having shares in an iranian company would be wise , I can Imagine that one day your shares are doing well and the next day the US/Israeli bombs will drop , converting the companies from profitable to lumps of red hot metal

but it does seem they are trying to think about the poor of the country and not just the constant verbal diorreaha going back and forth between Washington and Tehran

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