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News > Japan partners with UNIDO to boost Iran’s fishery value chain

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Japan partners with UNIDO to boost Iran’s fishery value chain

CHABAHAR, Iran, 29 April 2019 – The Government of Japan has recently announced that it will fund a project to strengthen the fishery value chain in Chabahar to promote its integration into the regional economy and create employment opportunities for youth. This intervention is one of nine new projects to be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) around the world with Japanese funding totalling US$5.8 million.

Iran is the largest fishery producer in the region, with over 3,100 km of coastline. The province of Sistan and Baluchstan – of which Chabahar is a part of – is ranked last in terms of human development index in comparison with the other provinces of Iran. It is characterized by high unemployment, lack of investment and economic opportunities, scattered population centers, and a shortage of skilled manpower and infrastructure. It is with a view to overcoming these challenges that UNIDO and Japan have partnered to develop the fishery value chain in Chabahar, Iran’s only port on the Indian Ocean coast.

“The fishery industry in Chabahar has a potential to grow and therefore positively impact upon the livelihood of many men, women and youth working in different sectors of this industry,” said UNIDO Project Manager, Tomoyoshi Koume. “The project foresees improved access to overseas markets by establishing business linkages with Japanese companies, in support of the development of the Iranian fisheries industry.”

The project will support the fishery and ancillary industries in Chabahar through skills development and upgrading of enterprises in the city’s fish processing cluster and along the value chain to improve market access. The target beneficiaries will be micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), which play a significant role in job creation and income generation, thereby contributing to inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

Mitsugu Saito, Japanese Ambassador to Iran, said: “Chabahar is the only Iranian port in the Indian Ocean, where fishery is the main industry. This project will contribute to improve the fishery value chain in Chabahar and promote its economic development, and furthermore it is expected that Chabahar will develop as a gateway to North-South corridor, too.”

The project capitalizes on the relationships established and lessons learned under a former UNIDO project, also funded by the Government of Japan, which focused on the integration of the fishery industry through the technical assessment of enterprises, the implementation of upgrading measures, and the provision of equipment to the Iran Veterinary Organization’s laboratory in Chabahar. Through study tours, 18 beneficiaries travelled to Japan to learn from experts in the field. A workshop on marine cage culture and stock enhancement was also organized, bringing together 32 representatives from SMEs, the Iran Fisheries Organization, the Iran Fishery Research Organization, and the Iran Veterinary Organization.

For more information, please contact:

Tomoyoshi Koume

Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation

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