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The The Province Industry and Mines Scope
 Industry

The indusry in South Khorasan province is not very concentrated as it is in other parts of the country, so that in 2014 there are only 73 industrial factories with 10 persons employees or more. It means that the province holds only 0.59 percent of the total industrial factories (42780) and 0.44 percent of the total employees in the country who are engaged with these types of activities. From 9329 employees in industrial factories with 10 person workers or more in the province, 18 percent are employed at food and drinking industry and 43 percent at production of non-metal minerals. From this summation, 123 factories (48 percent) and 54 percent of the employees are working in Birjand.

 Mines

South Khorasan has a mixture of different kinds of Igneous rocks, Sedimentary rocks and Metamorphic rocks related to different eras of geology, and this makes different phases of orogeny and following that mineralization. This variety causes the formation of noticeable amount of economical minerals (metallic, non-metallic and building stones) in different parts of the province. This leads to 347 exploitation licenses with occupation of 7054 employees, 375 exploration licenses for 37 kinds of minerals and 126 exploration certificates with 39 kinds of minerals with certain storing of 887 million tons which have been exported.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 In all the certain resources of minerals in the province by consideration of exploiting licensed mines and exploitation certificates are more than 1400 million tons (more than 1/4milliard) which allocates the 8th rank in the country from the mining aspect. In addition developmental and mining exploitation activities over the past years lead to detecting and introducing of many cases of resources like iron and copper which is promising to new investment fortunes in mining and industry section of the province. So much is certain that the geological foundation of the province while being compared with exploitation models shows the noticeable potentiality of the province specially in the case of Igneous rocks and Sedimentary rocks. The most important minerals in the province are in the first place Coal, Magnesite, and Fireclay and then Bentonite and Granite. Of course the green Granite, Chromite, Iron rock, Marble and Prismatic Bazalt for being important are exported to other countries such as China, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Europe, and Arab countries around the Persian Gulf.
 Why South Khorasan is worth investing?

South Khorasan province is one of the easternmost provinces of Iran and it is the third largest province. The province has an authentic ancient civilization dating back to 35000 years ago and due to its rich Iranian and Islamic culture and great figures, it has numerous potentials for development in various economic fields and it is considered as one of the economic gates to Afghanistan market.

 12 main reasons to invest in South Khorasan Province

1)      It has two official customs administrations called “Customs of Birjand” and "Customs Mahirood" and 4 active border markets called “Golvardeh”, “Mahirood”, “Yazdan” and “Dokoohaneh”.

2)      It is located in the gravity center of the eastern transit line of Iran and on the national south- north railroad track.

3)      The province is located on Asian highway routes with the possibility of using international investments in the development of the regional transportation network.

4)      The province is located on the path of the (international) air transportation with the possibility of air transportation capacity development.

5)      There are special economic zones in the city of Birjand, with an area of 730 hectares (at the Capital of the Province) and at the border of Iran and Afghanistan with an area of 100 hectares.

6)      The golden opportunity of its neighborhood with Afghanistan's with 331-kilometer shared borderline according to the country's vast consumer market.

7)      There are 14 different credible public and private universities and five higher education centers in the province.

8)      The possibility of high utilization of renewable energies such as solar, wind, etc. energies.

9)      There are 20 industrial parks with an area of 2171 hectares.

10)         In terms of mineral deposits, the province is ranked ninth in the nation with over 356 mines and 39 kinds of minerals:

ü The unique geology and well potential of metalic and non-metalic minerals such as gold, tungsten, copper, iron, rich deposits of decorative stones (such as granite), ...

ü In terms of reserves of coal, magnesite and refractory clay, it is ranked first in the country.

11) The relative advantages in certain agricultural products:

ü It ranks first in the production of barberry and jujube, second in the production of saffron, third in the production of medicinal plants, fifth in production of cotton and amaryllis and it ranks sixth in production of pomegranate in the country.

ü There are 800 kinds of medicinal plants in the province.

ü The possibility of using the plains and desert areas for raising livestock such as camels, ostriches, fluffy goats, etc.

ü The possibility of creation and commissioning of agricultural joint stock companies due to the activities of 7 agricultural joint stock companies and ranking first in terms of quality and quantity

12) The province benefits from historic, cultural, handicrafts and natural potentials in tourism industry development:

ü In the province, 1,189 historical monuments have been recognized and more than 719 historical monuments have been registered in the national monuments index.

ü There are more than 16 historic gardens registered in the national monuments index.

ü There are 10 touristic regions and 13 targeted villages with hydrotherapeutic complexes.

ü There are 14 museums in the province.

ü The background of the region in the field of handicrafts, especially hand woven carpets.

 
 
 
 
 
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