23 idle industrial units revived in Ardebil Province

January 23, 2021 - 13:30

TEHRAN- According to a provincial official, 23 idle industrial units have been revived in Ardebil Province, in the northwest of Iran, in the current Iranian calendar year (began on March 20, 2020).

Mohammad Ahli, the managing director of the province’s Industrial Parks Company, said attempts are being made to recognize stagnant production units and reactivate them benefiting from the viewpoints of the province’s expert consultants.

He said last year 41 idle industrial units were revived in the province, creating jobs for 609 persons, adding that reviving 40 units has been planned for this year.

“It is hoped that by facilitating investment condition, we will see more presence of investors in the province, so that we can witness the flourishing of the industry and the increase of employment in the province”, the official added.

The acting head of Iran Small Industries and Industrial Parks Organization (ISIPO) has announced that 1,170 idle industrial units have been revived in the country during the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20-December 20, 2020).

Asghar Mosaheb said that reviving the mentioned units has created jobs for 19,446 persons.

The official said there are over 46,000 small and medium-sized industrial units in Iran’s industrial parks and zones, of them about 9,200 units are inactive.

Industry, Mining, and Trade Ministry was initially planning to revive 1,500 idle units in the current year, but then it revised its programs to revive 2,000 units.

Bringing the mentioned 1,170 units back to the production cycle, the plan for reviving such units in the present year has been completed by 78 percent.

According to Mosaheb, preventing the inactive status of the industrial units is a major plan of ISIPO, while lack of liquidity, problems in terms of supplying raw materials and machinery, and absence of market are the main reasons making the units inactive.

ISIPO’s Previous Head Mohsen Salehinia had said that providing liquidity is the main issue for many of the country’s production units, so based on the arrangements made, these units can receive part of their needed liquidity through bank facilities.

"Currently, the share of the country's production and industrial units in receiving bank facilities is about 31 percent and it is necessary to allocate a larger share of banking facilities to the country's production and industry," he had stated.

Strengthening domestic production to achieve self-reliance is the most important program that Iran is following up in its industry sector in a bid to nullify the effects of the U.S. sanctions on its economy.

To this end, the current Iranian calendar year has been named the year of “Surge in Production”, and all governmental bodies, as well as the private sector, are moving in line with the materialization of this motto.

Regarding its significant role in the realization of the mentioned goal, the Industry, Mining, and Trade Ministry has already defined its main programs for supporting domestic production in the current year.

The ministry’s seven main axes of the surge in production are going to be pursued under 40 major programs.

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