VP: Sanctions Make Iran Self-Sufficient in Advanced Technologies
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari said that sanctions and pressures imposed by the West against Iran have made the country develop state-of-the-art technologies.
“The sanctions were a good-omen event for Iran and made us self-sufficient in supplying our needs; meaning that we indigenized all technologies owned by the advanced countries with the help of our young scientists and grew self-sufficient,” Sattari said in a meeting with Kenyan Foreign Minister Raychelle Awour Omamo in Nairobi.
He referred to the production of needed medicine and equipment to fight against coronavirus by the Iranian knowledge-based companies as an instance of the country’s capabilities in attaining scientific know-how.
Sattari also pointed to the establishment of Iran innovation house in Kenya, saying that the center will pave the ground for exports of Iran-made knowledge-based products to the African country and will provide the Kenyan companies with the know-how to produce them.
Iran opened a permanent innovation center in Kenya to facilitate export to Eastern Africa for Iranian knowledge-bases enterprises.
The Iranian House of innovation and Technology (HIT) opened in the presence of Sattari, Kenya’s ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs Minister Joseph Mucheru, and President of Kenya’s Chamber of Commerce Richard Ngatia in the refurbished previous building of the Iranian Embassy in Nairobi.
Sattari said in the opening ceremony that in the bad conditions of the coronavirus epidemic, countries should share their experiences, expertise, and solutions to form an effective comprehensive measure to fight the crisis.
He said that the distribution of technological equipment is of the same importance, adding that since the beginning of the pandemic, the Iranian Government has supported knowledge-based enterprises so that they can produce the equipment and medicine at international levels.
Sattari also said that now Iran is not dependent on any country for these products and it is even cable of exporting them, adding that good news will be published about the Iranian vaccine for COVID-19 soon.
He also said that Iran has had all these achievements in building hospitals and domestic production of ventilators, vital signs monitors, CT-Scan machines, and many more products while the county was under the most severe oppressive sanctions by the US.
Sattari also announced Iran's readiness to cooperate with Kenya in production, public health, affordable housing, and food security to strengthen the country’s long-term program (2030 vision).
He added that Iran's ranking in novel technologies has improved 55 steps over the past five years and had noticeable advances in nanotechnology, biotechnology, renewable energies, cognitive sciences, stem cells, IT, and communications.
Sattari said that the economy of 5,600 knowledge-based countries in Iran has reached 11 billion dollars.