Government wants to create industrial zonesNew factories to develop across Yemen [Archives:2003/687/Business & Economy]

November 20 2003

Abdulaziz Mohammed Abdulla
For The Yemen Times

The decision of the Council of Ministers in July concerning the establishment of industrial zones throughout Yemen emphasizes the importance such zones because of their close connection to industrial development.
Minister of Industry and Trade Khalid Rajih Sheikh confirmed in an interview to the 26 September newspaper on Sept. 4, and in another interview published in July by Industry Magazine, that the project of the industrial zones is one of the most important inlets for the industrial development.
In its first phase of implementation, it may make 40,000 jobs.
The project includes the establishment of three industrial zones, namely, Hudeida, Mukalla, and the triangle of Aden, Lahj and Abyan. Their distribution came as they're close to ports and suitable for importing raw material exportating of industrial products.
Other reasons are:
– Ease for investors to obtain land with infrastructure services, which saves time to start those projects and helps accurate calculation of costs;
– The possibility of building specialized industrial zones for homogenous industries, such as for food, engineering/chemicals and construction materials at sites away from residential areas. This would reduce pollution to residents.
– The possibility of building stations for generating electric power, especially for those areas in cheap prices, a matter which helps decrease costs and limit the use of power generators that use diesel and cause pollution.
– Ease of finding solutions for industrial waste and its impact on the sewage network.
– Creating integration among industrial installations at those sites, including joint training, qualification, and maintenance and repair centers.
It's also believed that job opportunities that can be provided by the industrial zones will not be confined to factories, but there will spin-offs such as commercial banks branches, offices for transport and clearance, post offices, workshops for various maintenance and offices for maintaining internal roads and others.