TEHRAN – The head of Iran’s Small Industries and Industrial Parks Organization (ISIPO) has said that reviving idle production units is a main approach of the government in the industry sector.
The government, with the help of the private sector and enterprises, is seriously pursuing the solution of the problems of the production units, and very good planning has been done in this regard, Ali Rasoulian underlined.
He mentioned two important and priority programs of the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Commerce regarding industrial parks, namely the provision of infrastructure and support for small businesses and enterprises, and said that 2,023 projects related to the provision of industrial park infrastructure in the country, including water, electricity and gas supply, with 60 trillion rials (about 230.7 million dollars) of credit, is underway in different parts of the country.
The head of ISIPO also announced that 390 infrastructure projects worth 11.4 trillion rials (about $43.8 million) were inaugurated during the Ten Days Dawn celebrations (from February 1 to 11), which marked the 43rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, and many other projects will be implemented. in service by the end of the year.
He further mentioned the establishment of small and medium workshops across the country as another priority of the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade.
The official recently announced that 1,717 idle industrial units have been revived in the country’s industrial parks and zones since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2021).
Rasoulian said the figure is expected to reach 2,000 units by the end of the current year.
Estimating the number of inactive units in industrial parks and areas at 12,067 at the moment, the official said 62% of those units can be reactivated.
The number of unused units has fallen by 18% in the current year, he added.
The head of ISIPO previously announced that 1,557 stagnant and semi-active units have returned to the production cycle in industrial parks with funding of 35 trillion rials (nearly $130 million), providing jobs for 27 000 people, in the last Iranian calendar year.
With the aim of reactivating stagnant units or units that are operating below their capacity, 900 consultants from the private sector and knowledge-based companies have been selected in the form of industrial clinics across the country to recognize the weaknesses of these units, Rasoulian said.
“Despite the two major challenges of sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic, which have imposed severe restrictions on the country, we have tried to activate national capacities by turning to the localization of manufacturing technology for parts and equipment” , he added.
The sanctions have caused problems for financial exchanges and the export of goods to other countries, he said, adding: “The negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic on various parts of the country, including the industry, are not hidden from anyone, and the economic growth of some countries reached levels below zero during this period. »
Iran is proud that despite these restrictions and the pressure of these two important challenges, its industry has grown by more than seven percent, according to statistics and reports from various sectors, the official added.
In addition, as announced by the Deputy Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade, Mehdi Sadeqi Niaraki, more than 6,500 new industrial units have been created across the country in the past year, which which has created jobs for more than 121,000 people.
Referring to the Ministry of Industry’s plans for the realization of the current year’s motto which is named the year of “Production: Support and Removal of Obstacles” by the leader of the Islamic Revolution, the official said: “The year that was dedicated to the production sector by the leader of the revolution, the orientation of all government organizations and executive bodies should be directed towards supporting the country’s industrial and mining units.
Niaraki pointed to a 40% increase in the issuance of establishment licenses for industrial units over the previous year, saying, “The number of establishment licenses increased to over 36,000 last year, which shows that people are encouraged to invest in productive sectors. .”
He also mentioned an 85% increase in the allocation of land for the establishment of industrial units across the country and noted that more than 4,500 hectares of land were handed over to applicants during the calendar year. former.