Bahrain mulls aircraft parts facility
Manama , February 12, 2008
Aircraft parts could soon be manufactured in Bahrain as part of the government's efforts to look into developing new industries and create more than 30,000 jobs, it was revealed.
Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Hassan Fakhro confirmed that the government was examining the possibility of such a move.
'Manufacturing automobiles and aircraft parts are part of our aspirations now, particularly because of our aluminium industry,' he said.
'A lot of industries now are so reliant on aluminium and therefore, this gives you competitive edge.'
Dr Fakhro said that the aluminium sector was responsible for the highest number of industrial licences granted last year, accounting for 58 licences.
Bahrain's national carrier Gulf Air welcomed the possibility that aircraft parts could be manufactured here.
'From an airline perspective, it is welcome because the aviation business is dependent on parts and if these requirements can be met locally, then that is the best thing for everyone,' said the airline's acting head of corporate communications Adnan Malik.
Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry industrial committee chairman Sharif Ahmadi said that the country was capable of manufacturing aviation components.
'We have the capability, we have the technology and we can bring people from outside to train Bahrainis to fill jobs in the manufacturing process,' he said.
'I don't know what the parts would be manufactured from, but we have the raw materials with our aluminium industry.-TradeArabia News Service