TEHRAN – The head of the Iranian Small Industries and Industrial Parks Organization (ISIPO) has announced the decision to establish 40 science and technology parks across the country over the next five years, ISNA reported.
Ali Rasoulian said that the locations of the mentioned parks were determined in various provinces and the necessary coordination with the related government entities in the target cities was done.
The official also mentioned a plan to set up new knowledge-based workshop units in technology parks across the country, saying, “The government has also forced ISIPO to set up 1,000 knowledge-based workshops in the parks. industries in the country and since the beginning of the current [Iranian calendar] year (March 21), about 400 workshops have been established and are ready to operate and about 1,500 workshops are also under construction.”
According to Rasoulian, ISIPO is also implementing a program to identify the technological needs of the country’s main industries in order to introduce them to knowledge-based companies and startups for collaboration.
“We have been able to contact 1,600 companies and identify their needs, for which 400 articles or equipment have been prepared so far by units of knowledge,” explained the head of the ISIPO.
In July, Rasoulian said his organization planned to set up 261 knowledge-based workshop units in seven different technology parks across the country.
He noted that more than 5.925 billion riyals (about $20.96 million) will be invested in the aforementioned units to be built under a program carried out in collaboration with the Vice Presidency of Science and Technology.
Rasoulian said there are currently 600 active knowledge-based production units in the country’s industrial parks and zones, adding that ISIPO will provide applicants to establish such units with special facilities including land and infrastructure.
The ISIPO chief had earlier said that 1,433 small workshop units were established in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended March 20), most of which were production and knowledge-based units with high technology.
In accordance with the motto of the current Iranian year, which is “Knowledge-based production and job creation”, the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Commerce has been implementing new programs to support knowledge-based production units throughout the world. country.
Providing infrastructure and incentives to small businesses and enterprises are among the main programs that the ministry has been pursuing in relation to industrial parks.
According to Rasoulian, more than 2,023 projects related to the supply of infrastructure for industrial parks, including the supply of water, electricity and gas, with 60 billion riyals (about 215.8 million dollars) of credit are underway in different parts of the world. country.