President Ebrahim Raeisi has hailed endeavors to produce homegrown vessels as a manifestation of Iran's self-sufficiency, pledging to support them, as he embarked on yet another weekend provincial trip.
“The activities carried out for design and production of vessels in different classes are a manifestation of self-sufficiency. While having a defensive nature, they also play an important role in reinvigorating the maritime economy and preventing capital outflows from the country,” Raeisi said on Friday.
He made the remarks during a visit to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s Shahid Mahallati Shipyard in the southern province of Bushehr.
Highlighting the need to become fully self-sufficient in the shipbuilding industry, the president said his administration supports efforts made with this aim at heart.
The shipbuilding industry in Bushehr Province has a very good potential and the capabilities of companies active in this field needs to be boosted, he said.
Raeisi also visited the industrial Sadra Island, where he toured different parts of the Reshadat oil field’s development project and saw the final stages of the production of the Aframaket-2 ocean liner.
“Shipbuilding and the design and construction of offshore platforms are the symbols of the generation of might for the country,” he stressed.
“The pursuit of self-sufficiency in various industrial fields is in fact a symbol of the struggle against the greed of the Global Arrogance, and every worker and entrepreneur who moves in this direction is on the path of confronting the greedy,” Raeisi added.
Since assuming office in August, Raeisi has paid routine weekend visits to different provinces, where he has traveled to disadvantaged areas to talk with the local people.
Upon arriving in Bushehr, he lamented the high unemployment rate in the province which he said is full of industrial opportunities.
He also underscored the need to deal with organized trafficking and the "mafia" behind it.
A person’s smuggling of a product on a boat or using backpack is not the real issue, he said, adding, “Rather, our issue is with organized trafficking, meaning the mafia-like trafficking current must be investigated.”