Head of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Small Industries Development Board (SIDB) Syed Zafar Ali Shah, has said that the board will create 14 new industrial zones in the province to attract domestic and foreign investment and create jobs for the province’s youth.

He said new industrial areas include the Peshawar 2 and Banu 2 expansion, as well as Dargai, Swat, Swab, Baran and Jamrud. Dir Lower, Bajaur and Kurram. The Board also planned to revive closed industrial facilities, including Jehangira Ceramics and the Mardan Light Agricultural Engineering Program (ALEP), where young people were used to acquire agricultural tool skills to increase agricultural production.

Likewise, Jehangira Ceramics produces high quality cookware and its products are in high demand in the local market. According to him, the mechanisms of the unit are still in the building of the plant. He said the council is going to use it. In addition, SIDB had the advantage of producing high quality carpets.

He said that Swat’s new industrial zone will be dedicated to food processing. He said that the fruits and vegetables produced in Swat are processed in industrial plants for long-term storage, both locally and for export. CEO SIDB said the KPK government has also decided to revive the Pakistani-German carpentry division to transfer its skills to the development of a local furniture group.

He said the board also had plans to promote weapons and foot wears in Charsadda and Peshawar, as well as a group making handicrafts and traditional scarves in the Swat region of Islampur. He said the government wanted to make life easier for the province stakeholders by offering them concessional loans.

Currently, 13 industrial zones are working under KPK government, including the industrial areas of Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan, Abbottabad, Manser and DG Khan which are fully operational, while the industrial districts of Bannu, Karrak and Kohat are 70% owned.

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