Pro­posed in­dus­trial ar­eas lack clar­ity

No fi­nal de­ci­sion has been made re­gard­ing the cre­ation of four in­dus­trial ar­eas

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Four pro­posed in­dus­trial ar­eas in the re­gion is no longer un­der the author­ity of Min­istry of Trade and In­dus­try of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government.

For the past two years, numer­ous re­ports have sur­faced re­gard­ing the cre­ation of four in­dus­trial ar­eas to bring to­gether all in­dus­trial projects in one place, and clas­sify them ac­cord­ing to their in­dus­try. The Min­istry of Trade and In­dus­try of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government (KRG) says the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the four pro­posed in­dus­trial ar­eas is no longer un­der their author­ity, but rather it has been trans­ferred to the gov­er­norates for im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The gov­er­nor of Er­bil, Nawzad Hadi says, the project is still un­der the author­ity of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Supreme Eco­nomic coun­cil but has not been fi­nal­ized. The project was at the Trade and In­dus­try Min­istry till late last year, and a num­ber of ini­tial lay­outs had been pre­pared for the project and have been submitted to the Min­istry of Plan­ning for con­sid­er­a­tion in their the al­lo­ca­tion of bud­get for their in­vest­ment projects.

Ac­cord­ing to Swara Aziz, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Plan­ning at the Trade and In­dus­try Min­istry, the project for build­ing four in­dus­trial project in each of Er­bil, Duhok, Suleimaniya and Garmian has al­ready been ap­proved by the government and a bud­get of IQD 180 bil­lion (ap­prox­i­mately US$ 150 mil­lion) has been al­lo­cated for the project.

The project is to build four mod­ern in­dus­trial ar­eas on a plot of land of 750 hectares each. Aziz told the Globe that at the first phase, 250 hectares will be built in each lo­ca­tion. With­out ex­plain­ing the rea­sons, Aziz said that the project was taken back from his min­istry and as­signed to the gov­er­norates late 2012.

As per the ini­tial de­signs pre­pared by the Trade and In­dus­try Min­is­ter, the in­dus­trial ar­eas would con­tain the en­tire ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices such as water and power sup­ply, sewage sys­tem, fire­fight­ing sys­tems as well as many other ser­vices.

In Duhok, Sulaimaniya and Garmian the lo­ca­tion of the in­dus­trial ar­eas have been de­ter­mined and the lands have been al­lo­cated for the project, how­ever, this still re­mains un­re­solved in Er­bil. Gov­er­nor Hadi told the Globe that the project is still at the coun­cil of min­is­ters for ap­proval and the Supreme Eco­nomic Coun­cil has not given the fi­nal ap­proval on the project.

Hadi also added that they have vis­ited Turkey to get an idea about the de­sign of their in­dus­trial ar­eas and use it in their de­signs. He also stated that those who al­ready have in­dus­trial li­censes can re­ceive a plot of land for their projects, but the lo­ca­tion for the in­dus­trial area has not been de­ter­mined.

There are more than 2,700 in­dus­trial plants with a cu­mu­la­tive cap­i­tal of US$ 3 bil­lion and a to­tal of 24,255 job op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated. Fur­ther­more, there are many other projects await­ing al­lo­ca­tion of land and im­ple­men­ta­tion. Trade and In­dus­try Min­istry statis­tics show that there are 900 li­censed projects wait­ing for lands, 150 of which have al­ready pur­chased ma­chin­ery.

The lack of an ex­clu­sive area for in­dus­trial projects in Er­bil, the ex­ist­ing in­dus­trial projects are scat­tered in dif­fer­ent places around the city and in some places food pro­cess­ing plants are sit­u­ated next to a con­crete block fac­tory.

A view of a ce­ment fac­tory in Baziyan, south­west of Suleimaniya.

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