Chairman of Parliament’s Industries & Mines Committee: ICT’s Significant Role in Improving Business Environment

Chairman of Parliament’s Industries & Mines Committee: ICT’s Significant Role in Improving Business Environment
The Chairman of Industries & Mines Committee of the Islamic Parliament of Iran, maintaining that Communication and Information Technologies have a significant role in improving the business environment of the country, asserted that: “The Ministry of ICT has begun a crusade-like movement in this regard, by understanding the importance of the ICT’s role in improving business environment.”

According to ICT’s PR department, the Chairman, Reza Rahmani, speaking at the 5th National Festival of Communication and Information Technologies (FAVA), expressed that: “The Islamic Parliament of Iran is utilizing and benefiting from supportive measures of the private sector and the ICT Ministry in its think-tank, while busy composing the 6th Development Plan.”

Adding that nowadays all advanced countries have made substantial progress in arena of communication and information technologies, he said: “This clearly shows the extent of which this arena can be effective in the country’s development.”

Pointing out that more than 80 percent of Iranians are FAVA-literate, Rahmani insisted: “17 percent of our university students have majored in ICT related fields, which shows that we are quite prepared to further develop our country’s communication and information technologies, and we must benefit from this opportunity.”

He further insisted that: “Communication and information technologies provide the best chance of implementing justice and equality in society; for instance, through expansion of E-learning, E-health, and new agricultural services to underprivileged regions, we can bring equality and justice to every member of the society.”

Rahmani underlined the fact that the presence of “Post Bank” in underprivileged regions has solved numerous financial and economic problems for the villagers, saying that: “The main philosophy of Post Bank is supporting rural and underprivileged regions, which is basically different from the policies and mandates of other Banks in Iran; therefore, the decision for not privatizing it has more merit for the nation.”

Underscoring the importance of increased national production in Iran, he said: “In 2005-2006 period, more than 800 million dollars’ worth of equipment has entered the country, a figure that has reached 3 billion in 2013-2014. These statistics clearly show that we have to increase our local production based on the general policies of the country.”

He further elaborated that: “National manufacturing must become a movement. We ask all mobile network operators and companies active in the field ICT to take this sector’s development very seriously.”

The MP also insisted on the importance of producing native software, adding that: “The Iranian Parliament’s Research Center has already identified 85 areas and topics in this field.”

Also, at the continuation of the program, Mr. Saadat, the Chairman of Tehran ICT Guild Organization, stated that: “This year, aptly named ‘the year of full cooperation’, we ask the government to be more attentive of the achievements of private sector in the field of ICT.”

He said: “The ELECOMP Exhibition acts as the showcase of IT industry and this year we are going to hold it for the 21st time; yet, in spite of all our efforts and follow-ups, we are still facing numerous problems and difficulties.”

Saadat further elaborated that the government and the private sector should change the existing viewpoint toward one another, and increase their interaction, adding that: “Endorsement of supportive regulations in the field of FAVA is a highly effective solution.”

Asserting that the general policies of resistive economy stress on the importance of counting on people and utilizing the states’ and the people’s capacities, he concluded that: “In 2014-2015, in the government of wisdom and hope, we should consider the implementation of regulations as an opportunity, and try to benefit from the potentials of the private sector.”

 


May 20, 2015 08:02

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