Shahr-e Kord, Chahar Mahal-Bakhtiari prov, Aug 9, IRNA-Iran's Minister of Commerce Mohammad Shariatmadari said on Tuesday that the revenue to be gained from the export of technical and engineering services up to the end of the current fiscal year (March 20) is expected to increase to two billion dollars.
Speaking during the administrative council meeting of Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari province, he put last year's similar figure at 941 million dollars.
He added that currently a number of Iranian experts are working on 243 major development projects in foreign countries.
The minister noted that 100 million dollars is annually earned by the Iranian workers residing overseas.
Shariatmadari put the value of the annual exported goods and services at 10.7 billion dollars and noted that during the Third Development Plan, 25.9-billion-dollar worth of goods were exported.
Turning to the boost of export of non-oil goods over the recent years, he said that during the past four years, a 53 percent boost was observed in export of industrial and mineral products which replaced traditional goods.
Concerning import, the minister said that over the same period, the revenue gained from imported goods comprising raw materials and the machinery required by industrial plants increased from 15 million dollars to 30 billion dollars.
"Meanwhile, over the past eight years, the import of consumer goods dropped from 14 to 12 percent.
"During Khatami's presidential term, the number of exported goods and services increased from 14,000 to 30,000 items," he added.
The minister said that over 1.5 million small and medium manufacturing units are currently active across the country, most of which play a crucial role in export of goods.
"During the current year, despite the pressures, applications submitted for foreign investment in the country exceeded 10 billion dollars," he added.
He pointed to the hike in the export of steel and cement and said that 34 million tons of cement are annually produced in the country which is expected to increase by 30 million tons.
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