Iran to gain regional share in future of digital economy

Business Materials 17 July 2019 16:21 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, July 17


Following quadrilateral meeting of communications technology authorities from Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey in Iran's capital, Tehran, on July 17, a memorandum between the four neighboring countries was signed at the Iran's Ministry of Communications, Trend reports citing IRNA.

After the meeting behind closed doors, a press conference was held.

"At today's meeting, we have reached an agreement on holding eight annual events, and each country is committed to hold two events. The initial agreement is concluded by four states, while other countries are welcome to join,” the Iranian ICT Minister Azari Jahromi said.

"We are looking to create a regional ICT agreement," noted the minister, answering the question of whether the countries participating in the summit are willing to use the common operating system.

“Working on common projects such as the search engine and operating system are among the issues on the agenda,” Azari Jahromi continued. "These initiatives require infrastructure, common approaches, joint training and setting up a business empowerment and exchange center, which are important foundation for the projects' implementation."

Jahromi stated that four countries have discussed options for establishment of a joint center.

Speaking about expanding economic cooperation in the field of communications and information technology, creating a stronger region and confronting unilateralism, Iranian ICT minister said: "For a year, we, the ministers, are pursuing the creation of a digital common market as an important part of the future business based on digital commerce. We are looking to gain our share of this market.”

"Creating an IT infrastructure is one of our priorities, and a joint working group is set up to pursue the goals,” Jahromi said.

Jahromi noted that the US sanctions definitely are doomed to failure referring to restrictions applied by US, according to which Google blocked its App Engine and other services on its Cloud Platform to users in Iran. He went on to say that the due to the US sanctions, Iranian companies have developed Cloud Services.

Speaking about forthcoming 25th Iran International Exhibition of Electronic, Computer & E-Commerce (Elecomp Exhibition), Jahromi stated 11 high-level delegations will participate in the event this year.

“The Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Secretary-General of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) and Head of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) will attend the exhibition,” he added. “We also expect high-ranking visitors from neighboring and other countries including Communications Minister of Iraq, Deputy Minister of Communications of Qatar, Deputy Minister of Communications of China as well as a delegation from Turkmenistan.”

25th International Exhibition of Electronics, Computers and e-Commerce is scheduled to be held on July 18-21, 2019, at Tehran’s International Fairground.