Iran sets up special committee to organize dispatching workforce to other countries

Iran Materials 14 July 2013 18:52 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jul.14 /Trend F.Karimov/

Iran has formed a committee to organize dispatching workforce to other countries,
IRNA quoted Trade Promotion Organization of Iran director Hamid Safdel as saying.

The committee will be tasked with holding training courses in order to increase the
number of workers who are sent overseas, he added.

Some 1,300 individuals were sent to work overseas in the past Iranian calendar year,
which ended on March 20, Safdel said.

Earlier this month, IRNA quoted Iranian deputy labor minister Khalil Sadeqinia as saying that some 6,000 Iranian workers will be sent overseas in the current Iranian calendar year.

The workers will be sent to Turkey, Iraq, Australia, Canada, and some European countries, he noted.

He urged the private sector to boost activities to send workers abroad as there are no sanctions targeted at the private sector.

In June, the Mehr News Agency quoted Arash Faraz, the secretary general of the
higher council of Iranian laborers, as saying that some 1.7 million child
laborers live in Iran.

Faraz said that the figure was announced by the Iranian Statistical Center in the
Iranian calendar year 1385 (March 2006-March 2007), but added that the center's
report in the year 1389 (March 2010-March 2011) showed that just 6,000 of the
child laborers had been organized.

The center has not updated its data during the past eight years, coinciding with
the incumbency of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran's unemployment rate in autumn 2012 hit 11.2 percent, down 0.6 percent compared to
the figure in autumn last year, IRNA reported, citing the Statistical Center of Iran.

The jobless rate was 11.1 percent in spring, according to the report.

Some 1 million new jobs have been created in the first half of the current Iranian
calendar year, which began on March 20, 2012.

During the previous year, the nation's working population was 25 million, the report added.

According to Etemad Persian language daily, the administration had pledged to create 2.5
million jobs in the past (calendar) year.

Persons aged 20-24 years are the most unemployed group in Iran with the unemployment
rate of 29.8 percent.