Ce­ment in­dus­try first in Suleimaniya

Fac­to­ries can cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the un­em­ployed

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

As the sec­ond Iraq Ce­ment Con­fer­ence was held in Suleimaniya dur­ing March 26th and 27th, it was in­di­cated that Suleimaniya is the first ce­ment pro­duc­ing prov­ince of Iraq with 19.2 thou­sand tons of ce­ment per day.

Suleimaiya Gover­nor stated dur­ing the con­fer­ence that the Ar­bat In­dus­trial City will be com­plete by 2020.

As part of the eco­nomic and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ments in the coun­try, ce­ment in­dus­try has wit­nessed sig­nif­i­cant growth in the past few years, and Suleimaniya has taken the lead in ce­ment pro­duc­tion among all the Iraqi prov­inces.

The con­fer­ence, un­der the ti­tle “Let us To­gether Build a Federal Iraq” was held un­der the aus­pices of the Iraqi Min­is­ter of In­dus­try and Min­er­als and hosted by the Iraqi Na­tional Ce­ment Com­pany.

Bahroz Mo­hammed Salih, the gover­nor of Suleimaniya, told the con­fer­ence at­ten­dants in an ad­dress that in 1991 only 6% of Iraq’s in­dus­try was in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, while now the Re­gion has 49% share in the coun­tries in­dus­try, in which Suleimaniya is tak­ing the lead with 30%.

“Cur­rently three large fac­to­ries, namely Tasluja, Bazian and Mass, are pro­duc­ing ce­ment in the prov­ince, cre­at­ing around 2,000 job op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Gover­nor Salih said. “This makes Suleimaniya num­ber one in in­dus­trial sec­tor in Iraq, and es­pe­cially in the ce­ment in­dus­try.”

Salih also added that dur­ing the past few years 11 ce­ment fac­tory li­censes have been awarded in Suleimaniya, some of them are al­ready com­plete and the oth­ers are un­der ex­e­cu­tion.

Econ­o­mists ar­gue that ce­ment in­dus­try can help boost econ­omy via cre­at­ing a large num­ber of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and help­ing de­velop the eco­nomic in­fra­struc­ture.

Aras Khalid, a lo­cal econ­o­mist ar­gues that ce­ment in­dus­try can be very ben­e­fi­cial for Kur­dis­tan’s econ­omy and can be fur­ther de­vel­oped since the raw ma­te­ri­als for this prod­uct are abun­dant in the Re­gion.

Cur­rently a num­ber of ce­ment fac­tory projects are un­der im­ple­men­ta­tion in the Ar­bat In­dus­trial City. More­over, an­other in­dus­trial zone is planned for in Suleimaniya.

“We are cur­rently com­pletely pre­pared for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the two in­dus­trial zones in Suleimanya Prov­ince, which will be ded­i­cated for heavy and mid­dle in­dus­tries,” Gover­nor Salih said.

Re­gard­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns and pol­lu­tion, Salih ar­gued that they can­not ig­nore this na­tional wealth for one rea­son.

“Our plan is to keep a bal- ance be­tween en­vi­ron­ment and in­dus­try, and our mech­a­nism is forc­ing man­u­fac­tures to in­stall ad­vanced fil­tra­tion sys­tems to fil­ter harm­ful gases, smoke and dust from the fac­to­ries on the one hand, and in­crease the green ar­eas on the other as a con­di­tion for award­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing li­cense.”

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