Iran ready to establish a science and technology park in Venezuela

TEHRAN – Iranian Science Minister Mohammad Ali Zolfigol in a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Gabriela Servilia Jimenez announced readiness to establish a science and technology park in Venezuela.

With 49 science and technology parks and 7,500 technology companies and numerous knowledge-based companies, Iran has invaluable experiences in science and technology and is ready to assist Venezuela in establishing a science and technology park, Zolfigol said in the meeting in Tehran on Tuesday.

“We must try to plan to promote scientific and technological cooperation between Iran and Venezuela on the same level as political relations,” he added.

Iran is not dependent on East and West and can interact and cooperate with different countries of the world at its will, he noted, adding that the formation of a joint committee can help operationalize the will to increase scientific cooperation between the two countries.

Jimenez, for his part, also said that the two countries are serious about increasing scientific and technological cooperation and that a road map should be drawn up for the development of cooperation.

Venezuela also attaches great importance to science and technology and will soon open the first industrial science and technology park, he added.

“We believe that science should serve philanthropy, pacifism, environmental protection and human development, and we believe that Iran also shares a common ground,” he also said.

At the end of this meeting, a memorandum of understanding on scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries was signed.

In September, more than 82 knowledge-based businesses participated in an exhibition in Caracas with the aim of exchanging experiences and holding meetings.

About 200 companies attended the event and 60 cooperation contracts were signed. We have tried to provide a field for interaction and synergy between the companies, she said.

Nicolás Maduro, the president of Venezuela, said in September that today Iran is an exemplary country and a country of progress, production, knowledge and product manufacturing.

Knowledge-based ecosystem

In the past year, in order to realize a resilient and knowledge-based economy, the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology has implemented a series of activities to further develop the innovation and technology ecosystem in the country.

The two countries are serious to increase scientific and technological cooperation.The Vice Presidency for Science and Technology was established in 2006 as one of the subsets of government under the slogan of moving from an oil-based to a knowledge-based economy, aiming to increase technological capabilities and innovation in order to generate wealth from knowledge and improve people’s quality of life.

Thus, more than 7,000 knowledge-based and 1,600 creative companies have been registered and started operating so far.

The sectors of biotechnology, agriculture, food industries, chemical technologies, aircraft maintenance, steel, gas, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and medicine, petroleum, electronics and telecommunications, Information technology and computer software are among the fields in which researchers at technology companies work.

The leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has designated the current Iranian year (March 2022-March 2023) as “The Year of Production: Based on Knowledge and Job Creation”. Strengthening knowledge-based enterprises is the order of the day, raising hopes of reducing obstacles in the way of development.

In this regard, a strategic technology development headquarters was established and 362,000 technology projects and 154 commercialization projects were supported, as well as the inauguration of 23 national megaprojects.

In addition, in the field of innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem development, 65 creative houses and innovation centers and 30 specialized accelerators have been established with the aim of enhancing and strengthening the export capacity of knowledge-based, creative and technological enterprises .

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