According to the Public Relations and International Affairs of Qeshm Free Zone Organization, Hamid Reza Momeni at the meeting of introducing investment opportunities in Qeshm free zone, to foreign ambassadors from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and South Africa stated: Qeshm Island hosts 6 million foreign and domestic tourists annually.
Referring to the studies of foreign consultants on investment opportunities in this free area, he added: Qeshm, by having the only UNESCO global Geopark in the Middle East, the ability to become a hub of air and sea sports, having 17 oilfields and the large share of shrimp and fish in cages, as well as the capacity to generate electricity from seawater, have the ability to attract investment in a variety of fields.
chairman of the board of directors and CEO of the Qeshm Free Zone Organization condemned the inhumanity behavior of the United States and continued: America is not the world's owner, and we have proven that we have the ability to cope with the sanctions and remain on the path to growth and development by friendly with the various countries.
He announced the investment of countries such as Italy, France, China and several Asian countries in various industrial field and said: Qeshm Island with an area of about 1,500 km, that 300 km of which is the Free Zone and the other with 33 km of Hengam Island, are special economic zone, is one of the seven regions of Iran that has certain rules in the field of export and import.
According to Momeni, these valuable opportunities have led domestic and foreign investors to operate in different parts of the island.
Chairman of the board of directors and CEO of the Qeshm Free Zone Organization further explained: Currently, a 3 billion Euro project and two $ 4 billion and $ 8 billion projects are doing by foreign investors. Also, domestic investors are working with 245 trillion rials in Qeshm's Petrochemical, Fisheries and Tourism areas .
He emphasized the position of Qeshm Island as the most sensitive economic region in Iran, said: Daily 20 thousand barrels of oil will be shipped from Qeshm to the mainland, and the Qeshm super heavy oil refinery will be utilized by the end of next year with an annual production capacity of 35,000 tons.
Momeni explained the advantages of investing in Qeshm and added: In the Bunkering field we have a capacity of 750 thousand tons, which will be operational in the next two years, and currently 50 thousand tons are in use.
He announced the construction of two power plants of electricity and water at the same time, each with 500 megawatts of power generation capacity that will be operational by the end of this year and said: Last year, 10 MW solar power plants were exploited by Italian experts in Qeshm.
"In the field of fisheries, 2,500 hectares of land are allocated to the shrimp industry, and its products are exported to China, France and the United Kingdom," Momeni said.
He also invited the representative of Vietnam to cooperate in the fishing industry of the island and continued: Qeshm has a license to produce 80,000 tons of fish cages per year; and it is ready to attract investors to develop this industry.
Chairman of the board of directors and CEO of the Qeshm Free Zone Organization thanked for the presence of the ambassadors and economic representatives of the countries present at the meeting, hoping that visiting the capacities of tourism, fisheries, oil, gas, and energy would attract investors from these countries in various industrial areas of the island.
It is worth mentioning that the conference that was headed by Hamidreza Momeni, chairman of the board of directors and CEO of the Qeshm Free Zone Organization, was held in the Qeshm International Incubator, in addition to the head of the department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bandar Abbas and Qeshm, the ambassadors of South Africa, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan, as well as economic advisers from Austria, Russia, and Vietnam were present.