The Iranian Communication Minister, upon his arrival in Stockholm, met with his Swedish counterpart, Peter Eriksson, Minister for Housing and Digital Development; emphasizing on cooperation between scientific, educational and academic centers for research and development, and also expanding cooperation in the field of communication and information technology.
According to ICT Ministry’s PR department, Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology arrived in Stockholm this morning, officially invited by his Swedish counterpart, Peter Eriksson, the Minister for Housing and Digital Development; Vaezi is accompanied by a delegation of public and private companies active in the fields of ICT and IT in Iran.
In his meeting with the Housing and Digital Development Minister, while referring to the long record of political, economic and commercial relations between the two countries, including the presence of Ericsson company in Iran, he elaborated that: “Considering the fast pace and development of the digital communication and technology sector and its role in the development of Iran’s future, we are interested to benefit from the experiences and advancements of Swedish companies in regard to joint manufacturing and investment for the interest and benefit of both parties.”
He referred to the huge capacities of Iran including skilled and expert labor force, and also the necessity of expanding ICT in less developed regions including rural areas, expressing that: “We hope that with an outlook toward regional markets and the support of the Swedish government, we can expand our investments in various sectors of telecom and communication, providing finance for domestic manufacturing, and cooperation between scientific, educational and academic centers aimed at research and development, and joint cooperation.”
The Minister for Housing and Digital Development of Sweden also spoke at this meeting, welcoming the presence of numerous Swedish companies in Iran in areas such as energy, transportation, communication and various other industries, stating that: “Sweden’s stance regarding Iran has always been a positive and respectful one, something which was also visible during the sanction era, in a constructive manner.”
He added that: “Today, in the post-sanction era, we are interested in having a more active role in the Iranian market, especially in the communication and information technology sector.”
Eriksson included that: “In the light of the imminent visit of Sweden’s Prime Minister to Tehran, we will prepare the framework of this cooperation in a joint document, drafted and presented to the Iranian party.”
It should be mentioned that the managers of Iranian operators present at this meeting also presented a report of the accomplished cooperation with Swedish companies.