TEHRAN – The value of Iranian exports of technical and engineering services in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended March 20) was only $ 500 million despite the great capacities in this area, chief of the Association of Iranian Exporters of Technical and Engineering Services Bahman Salehi told IRNA.
Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, as well as developing African countries are the main target markets for the export of technical and engineering services, Salehi said.
“Iran’s neighbor, Turkey, despite less capacity in technical and engineering services, took the lead of the Iranians and recorded an annual export of 35 billion dollars,” he regretted.
Highlighting Iran’s great capabilities and capabilities in this area, the official noted that exports of technical and engineering services reached $ 5 billion in the Iranian calendar year 1390 (ended March 2012), stating: âIn that year, we had forecast an annual growth of 38% in our exports to reach the target of 25 billion dollars of exports per year, but this target was not met.
Salehi expressed hope that by removing obstacles and problems faced by exporters of services, including bank guarantees and insurance, the presence of Iranian companies in target markets would be strengthened and non-oil exports improved.
He cited the reconstruction of the Karabakh region in Azerbaijan as an example and added: âConsidering the proximity of the two countries and the lower transport costs, as well as the long-standing political relations. [between Iran and Azerbaijan], the reconstruction of this region may be a good opportunity for Iranian exporters of technical and engineering services. “
Salehi further referred to the $ 10 billion reconstruction forecast for the mentioned region, adding: âIn this regard, our association has announced that it is ready to implement at least $ 1 billion of projects in the region. and even presented a proposal for the implementation of construction projects. , power plants, transmission lines, etc.
Iran’s policy of increasing non-oil exports as a solid strategy to cancel US sanctions is not limited to only products, while the country is also determined to expand the export of technical and engineering services.
The head of the Iranian Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) has said on several occasions that his organization is focused on improving the exports of engineering and technical services to neighboring countries as well as China and India.
“Currently, the value of services exports in the world is around $ 5.77 trillion and we are trying to increase Iran’s share in these exports by removing barriers in this area,” Hamid Zadboum said. .
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