Attending the 5th Session of Strategic Thoughts held in Center for Islamic-Iranian Model of Progress, Dr. Vaezi spoke among the members of the center and the invited academicians, discussing the role and the deep and extensive effect of communication, information technology and virtual space on various areas of human life and societies.
ICT’s Public Relation reports that during this meeting, Dr. Vaezi referred to the determination of the Iran’s roadmap with the help of the 20 Year Vision document and the five year development plans, saying: “When the country’s roadmap combines with domestic capabilities and religious and Shiite values, it will turn into a road-light for the future of the country’s development.”
The Minister of Communication and Information Technology, described IT and especially virtual space as a major and effective event in the world, and said: “Today these phenomena, through their important role in various areas of human life and society, announce themselves as the driving force and supporter of sustainable development in countries.”
Vaezi recounted some of the dominant discourses in production and manufacturing methods and the societies and people’s livelihood throughout the ages, saying: “If in the past it was agriculture and industry which played a decisive role in human societies single-handedly, today the ICT not only dominates over livelihood sectors of the societies, it also creates micro-structures for improving and strengthening these methods and approaches.”
The ICT Minister recounted speed and efficiency as two important outcomes of the growth and development of virtual space and information technology in the world, saying: “Today, many sectors and areas such as commerce, industry, education, agriculture, health, and … are the results of these technologies which were affected by the outcomes and therefore, improved.”
Dr. Vaezi expressed his gratitude for the viewpoints and profound guidance of the esteemed Supreme Leader and his Excellency’s perfect understanding of this environment from many years ago, and added: “Years ago, our beloved leader, through correct and timely projection, and holding specialized meeting and discussion sessions guided us to establish the High Council of Virtual Space, to supervise this environment, and carry out decision making and policymaking activities in regard to this area.”
The ICT Minister referred to some of the concerns and viewpoints of the Esteemed Ayatollah Khamenei reflected in the appointment letters of the council members and in personal meetings, saying: “His Excellency is on the belief that the significance of this sector has not been less important than the nuclear issues, and based on its deep, amazing and sustainable effects on ethics, lifestyle, economy, culture, etc., must be constantly and continuously monitored and taken into consideration in all programming exercises of the country, whether 5 year plans, 20 year vision, or annual programs.”
Vaezi continued by mentioning some of the advantages of virtual space and its positive and negative outcomes, and said: “Virtual space is both an opportunity and a threat, and our outlook should not be a mere black and white approach.”
He added: “We have to utilize the opportunities to strengthen our society and country, and minimize the outcomes of the threats.”
Vaezi continued by referring to ease of access resulted from universality and generalization of virtual space, saying: “Connectivity of 3 Billion human individuals and the projected figures of around 20 Billion connected things and instruments and people by the year 2020 brings us to a major transformation and development which asks for more serious considerations than what we have done before.”
The ICT Minister described domestic content generation and domesticating information technology as important strategies for evading threats and benefitting from the opportunities of this sector.
Vaezi referred to the startup of E-governance and mobile government as the next level strategies and said: “World governments utilize these instruments and tools, not only to save time and money or speed things up, but to produce soft force which is going to replace hard forces such as warfare and militarization.”
The ICT Minister also referred to culture-building as another effective tool in regard to addressing threats and said: “In this regard, schools, universities, the media, TV and radio, social institutions, etc., all have to train and educate and work hard.”
In continuation, he recounted some of the merits of this sector, saying: “Data processing in this sector must be considered a huge capital for countries and through processing and analysis of the existing data in this sector, one can project and estimate behaviors and performances, taking the best decisions for addressing these topics.”
Vaezi concluded his address by pointing out certain newly emerging or under study phenomena with effects on ICT, saying that: “The 5G mobile networks and artificial intelligence are the phenomena under research and study in the world, which by their emergence and incorporation, this sector is surely going to witness far more extraordinary developments than what it has experienced so far.”