Iran eyes to get national messenger app
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 27
By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:
Iran’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Ministry has called for creating a national messenger app for smartphones.
Amir Hossein Davaie Markazi, an Iranian ICT deputy minister, said the ICT ministry will support those who come up with ideas for developing national messenger apps, IRNA news agency reported.
The deputy minister said that allocating loans for developing apps is among the tools to supports the developers.
According to him, the ministry would provide the firms involved in development of smartphone apps with loans up to $940,000 (30 billion rials converted to US dollar according to official rate on Oct. 26)
He also pledged to provide individuals who develop apps with loans up to $4,700 (150 million rials).
The deputy minister added that individuals and firms in the country’s provinces have, so far, submitted 447 applications for developing smartphone apps.
The ministry has already allocated about $20,000 (630 million rials) to finance the mentioned 447 projects, he added.