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June 2018, No. 87


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“Haraz Dam supplies part of the agricultural and drinking water and needs to be completed; also 37 kilometers of the Haraz road need to become four-lane road”,Dr. Nobakht said.


Vice president and head of the Plan and Budget Organization says that there was an investment growth of 1.5 percent in 1396 (2017/18) over a year before and a growth of 4.7 percent in economy and production without taking oil into account.

Speaking at a local planning session of Mazandaran Planning and Development Council, held at the site of Haraz reservoir workshop, Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said according to the law the PBO has responsibility for the country’s management and development. “Development in the country is possible when each and every province plays a role in development of their region’s geography. Our debate today concerns the development of Mazandaran Province.”

The government spokesman said the banking system granted 180 thousand billion rials to 26 thousand small and medium-sized enterprises last year (2017/18). He said the economy and production recorded a growth of 4.4 percent (including oil) and 4.7 percent (excluding oil). He added that in the employment sector out of 836,000 people added to the active population, 819,000 were employed, and about 17,000 people were added to the unemployed population.

He stated that Mazandaran should specify its share of the allocated facilities, adding that the figure 180 thousand billion rials last year was increased 734,000 billion rials following the help of the government and under Clause 18 in the current year. He said Mazandaran has used only 10 thousand billion rials from the past year’s credit line.


“With the development of priority industries and activating the existing production units and establishment of a milk refinery, 30,000 new jobs will be created in the province”, Mohammad Eslami said.


The VP said there was competition between provinces for the development of their regions, and called for an increase in the share of Mazandaran in the employment sector. He said more than one million and 33 thousand new job opportunities have been seen projected for the new calendar year.

He pointed to the government’s innovations and added: “The government this year tried to reduce the focus on the budget, use government funds as leverage and utilize the resources of the fund; some 1,260 thousand billion rials has been allocated and the share of Mazandaran should be specified.”

Dr. Nobakht, pointing out that something must be done for the water of Mazandaran, said: “Haraz Dam supplies part of the agricultural and drinking water and needs to be completed; also 37 kilometers of the Haraz road need to become four-lane road.”

He called for the participation of Mazandaran in tourism industry and said: “Clause 13 gave permission to use the private and nongovernmental partnership, because our resources are limited and we must have the maximum use of these resources.”

The PBO chief cited waste management, water, railways and oil as other issues for discussion and called for paying attention to these issues. He also addressed the provincial executives, saying: “Mazandaran governor general is an experienced and competent manager, and for us, Mazandaran is also a sensitive area that everyone should try to develop.”

Mohammad Eslami, the governor general of Mazandaran, said: “With the development of priority industries and activating the existing production units and establishment of a milk refinery, 30,000 new jobs will be created in the province.”

Emphasizing that provincial development plans will be operational this year with a fair distribution of resources and capacity of each city, he said the province’s developmental outlook is being shifted from expecting government help to looking for new sources.

He added that Mazandaran development document has been drawn up with a view to the ‘Economy of Resistance’, people-oriented and knowledge-based economy. “We have held negotiations with a large number of investors to advance 12 development priorities of the province.” Eslami cited the following as the development priorities of the province in 1397 (started March 21, 2018): Infrastructures, transportation and roads, agriculture, manufacturing, industries, minerals, knowledge based enterprises, tourism, urban development, communications, increasing inland investments and exports.


Eslami said more than one million and 33 thousand new job opportunities have been seen projected for the new calendar year.


The government’s high representative in Mazandaran said that production of more than 6.5 million tons of agricultural products in the province was a potential capacity for the development of non-oil exports in the country adding: “Achievement of $3 billion target in exports under the Horizon 1400 with the improvement of the mining sector, development of horticulture products, aquaculture, livestock, poultry and other agricultural products has been planned. Mazandaran Chamber of Commerce is committed to implementing this $3 billion export plan by the end of the Sixth Development Plan in the province.”

He noted that by establishing contacts between Mazandaran and the Caspian littoral states and holding multilateral meetings between the activists and businessmen of this province with their foreign counterparts, we are now seeking to increase international trade and transportation companies for the purpose of developing exports.

He mentioned the activities of dairy factories in the province as another reliable capacity for realizing the export target adding, “By signing a memorandum of understanding with dairy companies, development of animal husbandry and establishment of a milk refinery within the next two years, at least 30,000 new jobs are expected to be created in this sector.”

Eslami added that funds for livestock development will be provided from the rural employment facility, and there is no problem with this.

He also said in order to reduce the problems caused by heavy traffic on the roads of the province to Tehran, the development of freeways from Tehran to Mazandaran and a coastal freeway have been approved by the government. “In the development outlook of the province special attention has been paid to transportation and alongside road transport, air and railways freight will also boom.”

He added that in the other infrastructure sectors, including the field of energy supply using natural gas, good measures have been taken in the province, and the government has fully eliminated the concern of rupture in Mazandaran gas supply, especially during the cold season, by transferring the Assaluyeh-Damghan pipeline to Sari, capital of the province.

Eslami said experiencing the first winter without gas supply cuts in Mazandaran in 1396 (2017/18) was due to the government’s efforts in resolving the problems of the provincial people. “Now many contractors are implementing gas supply plans to the villages and mountainous regions of the province.”

He said the government support for household occupations and development of this sector, tourism plans, fisheries, and guaranteed purchases of rice were among other measures taken by the government to reduce problems and increase sustainable employment in the province.

 

 

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