Dr. Vaezi: IT and Knowledge-based Economy, Development’s Driving Force in the 6th Plan of IRAN

Dr. Vaezi: IT and Knowledge-based Economy, Development’s Driving Force in the 6th Plan of IRAN
The Minister of ICT, speaking at the 5th National Festival of Communication and Information Technologies (FAVA) labeled ‘New Businesses with E-services’, mentioned the role of new technologies in improving efficiency, in presence of the First Deputy of the President and said: “Nowadays, correct use of technology in the world directly results in generation of power and wealth among nations, and every field is somehow both influencing and being influenced by this.”

Discussing the ICT development in the world, he added: “ICT empowers all sectors. Today, if we want to do something right and fast, it is not possible without ICT support.”

He introduced The First Deputy of the President as the supporter of FAVA sector in the government, saying: “It was through his efforts that the sessions of the High Council of IT were regularly held after a six year interruption, resulting in worthy accomplishments for the nation.”

He further insisted: “Last year, the President advanced certain requests from the ICT sector, which required the related infrastructures; so it was decided that the government, the private sector, and the universities will cooperate to provide part of the requirements.”

Expressing regret over lack of investment in this sector in the past year, he underscored that: “We had to quickly compensate these shortcomings, therefore by the end of 2015’s first quarter, 3G mobile networks were established in more than 200 cities, and also 4G in more than 70 cities.”

He stated: “At the onset of the 11th government, Iran had 3.3 million internet users, increased today to 9 million, and almost the same number of mobile internet users.”

He referred to the limited network capacity of the country, increased almost three-fold during the past year, adding: “The internal broadband has also been increased up to four times more than what it was before.”

The minister, commenting that the Post Company finally came into profit in 2013-2014, after many years of no returns, included: “It is our policy and mandate to provide postal and Post Bank services to underprivileged regions of the country in borders and the rural areas.”

Dr. Vaezi continued his address by acknowledging the efforts of the government and the parliament, and stated: “By endorsement of this regulation, the infrastructure was arranged in such a manner to provide the facilities required by the private sector.”

The ICT Minister praised the efforts of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) and the Aerospace Research Institute (ARI), expressing that: “Launching of the ‘Fajr’ satellite showed the high importance of the space sector for this division.”

Citing top priorities of the current Iranian year as e-government, business development, knowledge-based employment, and free access to information, he said: “In regard to e-government, and with the objective of service improvement, smooth operations of the government, clarification, and decreasing timespan and cost of services, 14 clusters and 31 workgroups have been established to this date, also approved and communicated in the High Council of IT’s regulation.”

He also expressed hope for further development of 3G and 4G mobile networks, saying that: “By the end of this year, considerable part of the country will undergo 3G and 4G network coverage, and hopefully we will be using the expression ‘mobile government’ instead of ‘e-government’.”

The Minister of ICT stated that the government does not intend to be in charge of everything, and it will limit its activities to infrastructure, where either the private sector is not interested because of lack of economic justification or it is a sector which has to remain under the state’s governance, saying: “We hope that the current $6 billion market of ICT in Iran shall grow to $18 billion.”

Adding that it is the governments’ intention not to differentiate between the private, academic, or public sectors, he said: “We believe we will achieve our objectives through cooperation of all sectors.”

Dr. Vaezi stressed on supportive measures for backing Knowledge-based companies, explaining that: “In order to support domestic production and research, during last year alone, $273 million was allocated in form of controlled funds loan facilities' and considerable amounts of it were disbursed, and this year we have allocated $364 million for helping this sector.”

At the conclusion of his words, the Minister reported of a firm decision for establishing knowledge-based employment in Iran, and said: “This year, issuance of 7 to 8 new operation permits will help creating about 100.000 new job opportunities.”

 


May 20, 2015 21:44

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