Every year, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses Iranians from the holy city of Mashhad for his Nowruz message. He discusses the main issues of the country, both domestically and internationally, and designates a slogan for the upcoming year. Khamenei designated this year as the year of the "Resistance Economy: Action and Implementation."
The “resistance economy” is a term that first came into popular use in 2014. In short, it is an economic policy that stresses a focus on domestic production, promoting a knowledge-based economy and reducing vulnerability on oil and gas exports.