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Dec 21 2008

Iran: Road Construction Projects Upbeat

Road construction projects have more than doubled in the past three years, said the First Vice President Parviz Davoudi.

Speaking at the Third National Seminar on Transportation in Tehran, Davoudi said the number of road construction projects is expected to increase in the coming months, Inn.ir reported.

According to the official, more than one million people work in the transportation sector, accounting for 9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). "If we can create one percent growth per annum in the sector, GDP will rise by 2.2 percent."

Iran has one of the highest rates of road accidents in the world, with an average of 200,000 reported annually in which around 26,000 people are killed and 87,000 injured.

The government has already begun improving road safety by building standard roads and safer cars.

© Iran Daily 2008

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