Iranian Island Turns to Net for Economic Growth

TEHRAN (08/17/2000) - Iran's island of Kish is planning to turn itself into an Internet island.

"In the near future, a housewife will be able to do her shopping or her banking transactions without leaving the house via an electronic link. If we want to live globally, there is no choice but keeping abreast with such an accelerating trend, and any delay in making decisions and policies will have an unrecoverable impact," said Housien Moradi, the official speaker of the free organization of Kish.

He added that this project will mark a turning point for the country. Kish Island, due to its proximity to Dubai international city and the existing cultural and trade situations, is considered the most favorable site in Iran for such an event, he said.

Moradi indicated that, among other benefits of this project, will be growth in private investment, employment growth in tourism and trade, and also raising social understanding and keeping pace with the rest of the world in strategic information. He called for other state and private entities to align their efforts with the project, so other cities around the country could follow this path. The project has been assigned to Dr. Ali Jalali, a well-known national and international figure on Internet, he said, and so far, tens of domestic and overseas companies have announced their readiness to invest.

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