News ID: 281296
Published: 0414 GMT March 02, 2021

Iran after forming ‘tech diplomacy’: Vice president

Iran after forming ‘tech diplomacy’: Vice president

Startups are powerful components of Iran’s defense against global sanctions, Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari said, adding that technology diplomacy is a new approach that Iran tries to build up in the world.

“Today, Iran has the largest number of startups in the region in advanced sciences,” he added referring to the managers of over 40 Iranian new technology-based firms (NTBFs) attending the event, according to Fars News Agency.

Sattari emphasized that the new generation of Iranian NTBFs is developed by youth‎, and added, "These companies have learnt how to export their product.”

‎The official added that‎ sales of these companies have topped over $12 billion.‎

“We have no restrictions on the transfer of our experiences to Syria," he said

In relevant remarks in July 2018, Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mansour Gholami reminded Iran's first rank in the region in production of science, and voiced Tehran's willingness to create science and technology parks in Syria.

On February 1, Sattari said that Iran is seeking to expand markets for export of products developed by domestic technology-based companies.

“Innovation centers are the birthplaces of technology-based firms. How fast they develop depends on their own efforts,” the official added, stressing the importance of innovation centers of universities, while visiting such a place in Amirkabir University of Technology in the capital, Tehran.

“Any time I visit these centers, I see new systems, companies and products,” he noted.

Sattari recently visited Kenya for the second time with a 40-member delegation comprising representatives of domestic technology-based and innovative companies to pave the way for exports of the country’s technology-based products.

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