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Iran's software firms face bankruptcy due to new government policies

Tehran, Feb 3, Taliya News - Telecom Research Center of Iran (TRCI), affiliated to ICT Ministry, did not allocate the $5.3 million budget that was planned for current (Iranian) year (1385 - ending on March 20th, 2006) for activities of private IT firms.

Managing Director of Data Link Company, Mohammad Niakan added in an interview with ILNA, "As of the time that the new government has taken charge in Iran, many private firms involved in IT field have been faced with tough conditions and they are now on the verge of bankruptcy."

He added, "In the course of developments in high level IT management unfortunately the required budget to private firms in the field was not allocated that has led to deterioration of involved firms day after day."

Pointing out that the equivalent in Rials of $5.3M was allocated to the ICT Ministry's IT Research Center but that center used all that money as a personal property, allocating no portion of it to the private firms' IT projects."

Managing Director of Data Link Company, Mohammad Niakan referring to the $2mn health software project that was not put on public tender and delivered to rent seekers, adding, "The government says it would inject such budgets to the private firm fields."

Niakan emphasized, "The government has deleted the IT budget, adding, "The country's IT industry is going to face a severe crisis next year (beginning in two months)."

Managing Director of Data Link Company referred to the problems of Private IT firms of not receiving their overdue debts both from individuals and from the government, adding, "Country's ICT management is not willing to let the private sector get involved."

He said, "Private firms' activities in software field are not even defined for the government."

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