The department of industrial development issued licenses for 7661 new industrial projects in 2004. Al-Sharqiya reported.
Chief of the department, Abdul Kareem Jasim stated that construction material industries ranked first in the number of licenses issued with a total of 3896.
The rest of projects included the following:
1025 food-stuff production projects, 200 textile industries, 676 plastic and chemical industries and 1363 metalwork industries.
Although I don't expect many major businesses to be among those mentioned but it's still encouraging to hear such numbers.