Tehran, Iran, January 2
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Iran is going to introduce two or three economically select villages from each province in an exhibition on Villages and Nomad Capabilities, to be held January 4 to 7 in Tehran.
The villages will include ones with unique local economic activities such as production, tourism, science-based activities, developmental projects, etc., Abolfazl Razavi, vice president for rural development told a press conference, Trend correspondent reported from the event January 2.
He said the exhibition aims at introducing rural areas as chances for investment rather than pockets of population in need of governmental aid.
"Rural areas are our productive, low-cost residences_ in contrast to urban areas which are consumer-based_ whose capabilities need to be strengthened and amplified," he said.
Noting that there is a population of 1,050,000 villagers holding graduate degrees in Iran, Razavi said the population can be helped to their feet economically.
By the ninth months of the current Iranian fiscal year (December 20, 2016), some 60,000 sustainable jobs were created in rural areas of Iran, he said.