Iran Inaugurates Innovation, Exports Center in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari in a ceremony on Wednesday inaugurated the country’s Innovation and Exports Center in Syria.
The center exhibits the products of 40 Iranian technology companies in the fields of electricity and electronics, medicine, advanced materials, information and communication technology, biotechnology, agriculture and other technological fields.
Addressing the ceremony, Sattari said that the center will facilitate exports of Iranian products to Syria.
“We try to provide Syria with the technological and innovative achievements of the Iranian knowledge-based companies,” he added.
Sattari described his visit to Syria as fruitful to lay the foundation for good cooperation between the two countries, and said, “We had good talks with the Syrian Prime Minister and cabinet ministers and discussed exports of Iranian technological and knowledge-based products to Syria.”
“The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that we signed with the Syrian ministry of science facilitates this cooperation and will open a door to develop scientific and technological exchanges between the two countries,” he added.
Sattari had said on Tuesday that his country is prepared to meet Syria’s need to medical equipment and technologies.
“Iran is ready to export medical equipment and technology needed by Syria,” Sattari said in a meeting with Syrian Minister of Health Hassan Ghabbash, noting that knowledge-based companies have notably improved Iran’s health sector.
“Iran has managed to export some equipment such as standard ventilators to Syria amid the coronavirus pandemic,” he said, noting that Factor VII (a vitamin K–dependent serine protease glycoprotein) have also been exported to Syria since two weeks ago.
Hassan Ghabbash, for his part, called on Iran to provide short-term courses for some Syrian physicians, and added that the import of medicines from Iran is very important, because the besieged country attaches importance to standard of drugs such as Iranian medicines.
He stressed that Syria attaches high importance to biotechnology products; so, Damascus wants to dispatch expertise teams to Iran to visit Iranian pharmaceutical factories.
In a separate meeting with the Syrian Industry Minister Ziyad Sabbagh, Sattari underlined further expansion of technological cooperation between Tehran and Damascus.
Sabbagh hailed using Iranian technology in Syria, expressing hope to benefit Iranian innovative youth's breakthroughs in his country.
In relevant remarks earlier on Tuesday, Sattari said that startups are powerful components of Iran’s defense against global sanctions, adding that technology diplomacy is a new form of diplomacy that Iran tries to build up in the world.
“Startups are the elements of Iran’s powerful defense against international sanctions,” Sattari said at the Iran-Syria Business Matchmaking event in Damascus on Tuesday, noting that Tehran is seeking to shape a new kind of diplomacy in the world called, “Technological Diplomacy”.
“Today, Iran has the largest startups in the region in advanced sciences,” he added referring to the managers of over 40 Iranian knowledge-based companies attending the event.
Sattari emphasized that the new generation of Iranian knowledge-based companies developed by youth, and added, "These companies have learnt how to export their product.”
The official noted that sales of these companies have topped over $12 billion.
“We have no restrictions on the transfer of our experiences to Syria," he said.