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Bankruptcy of 40 Iranian software firms in past 12 months

Tehran, Feb 8, Taliya News - In Government software projects these is absolutely no room for private sector firms.

Managing Director of a private firm, referring to the problems with which the private sector IT companies are engaged ever since President Ahmadinejad's Government took charge, added in an interview with ILNA, "The government is totally unwilling for receiving the bills for the services it has received from the private sector firms for the projects it has commissioned them to complete!"

Engineer Reza Ahang added, "In software production field, the government during the past few years has merely sufficed in defining the projects, but presently it refrains from receiving the completed works now.

He reiterated, "Many major state companies have established satellite firms in whose framework all allocated budgets to the private sector are being spent."

Managing Director of Faradadeh Sepehr Company emphasized that the state sectors absolutely refrains from sharing the state software projects with the private sector, reiterating, "Most of the times there are no tenders in such cases and a very unhealthy atmosphere prevails in the field."

Ahang referred to the various state firms presently involved in highly profitable projects, pointing out, "It seems as if the present government is commissioned to totally annihilate the private sector in Iran!"

Stressing that most such projects have reached not tangible results, he said, "The projects pursed by state organs or their satellite firms have often faced full defeat, and the allocated funds have thus been fully wasted at nation's expense."

Ahang attributed the prevailing haphazard status of state firms regarding production and IT projects to the fact that there is no effective supervision over such firms' conduct, reiterating, "The government did not have the required potential competence for heeding the task as of beginning."

Managing Director of Faradadeh Sepehr Company added, "Lack of harmony in pushing forth the software projects has led to prevalence of chaotic conditions at the market and the decease of the private sector strong competitors in the field, in full favor of the inflated government body."

Ahang emphasized that lack of an appropriate market for software products is catastrophic, adding, "More than forty private sector firms have gone bankrupt during the past year's span, and many more have been totally cast aside from the market.

He said, "This is a sick process costing the nation dearly."

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