TEHRAN – A permanent exhibition of Iranian knowledge-based products will be held in the city of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in a bid to pave the way for increased cooperation between the two countries.
Organized by the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology and the Innovation Fund, the exhibition was held in several countries, including China, Kenya, Syria, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Oman, and will soon be held in Kyrgyzstan.
Our knowledge-based enterprises have the potential to increase the level of trade between Kyrgyzstan and Iran to move towards joint production, as has happened in neighboring countries such as the Balkans and Eurasia, a said Siavash Maleki, deputy director of the Innovation Fund.
Today, about 6,500 knowledge-based enterprises operate in various fields of communications, advanced materials, chemicals, construction and mining in the country, he said, underscoring the will of these companies for international cooperation and bilateral interactions.
Saeed Kharazi, Iran’s Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, said that during the first nine months of the current [Iranian calendar] year (March 21, 2021), trade between Iran and Kyrgyzstan amounts to 63 million dollars, an increase of more than 180% compared to the same period last year, however, economic cooperation must to augment.
Kyrgyzstan’s Ambassador to Iran, Turdakun Sydykov, said Kyrgyzstan’s economy is dynamic and developing, so foreign and Iranian investors have a large presence in our country.
He further expressed his readiness to develop cooperation between the two countries, adding that Iranian knowledge-based enterprises can benefit from the capabilities of power plants, water, railways, roads, agriculture, health care and tourism.
“We support any foreign investment and there are no obstacles to the development of cooperation between Iran and Kyrgyzstan. In 2022, we enacted a new law for factories and knowledge and technology-based enterprises, according to which they are exempt from paying taxes if their annual income is less than $120,000,” he said. .
There are currently 55 approved technology and innovation projects in various fields in Kyrgyzstan. The hydroelectric project is one of the most important technological projects in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan has good agricultural, livestock and poultry fields, and Iranian foundations can benefit from this capacity, he added.
Iranian knowledge-based goods will be produced in 7 countries
Iran will launch production lines of knowledge-based products in seven countries, namely Turkey, Armenia, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Syria, Iraq and Kenya, said Marzieh Shaverdi , director of the Innovation and Prosperity Fund, on December 4.
The Vice Presidency for Science and Technology will provide special support to facilitate the export of knowledge-based enterprises with quality products over the next 6 months.
The export of technological products of Iranian knowledge-based enterprises is one of the important and key programs of the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology, and in this regard, three houses of innovation and technology have launched in Kenya, China and Syria.
And countries like Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan will soon host innovation houses.
Mehdi Ghalehnoei, a vice-presidency official, said in February 2021 that last year knowledge-based businesses earned about $800 million in export revenue, and this year they appear to be reaching up to to $2 billion.
“Africa, neighboring countries, Southeast Asia and Eurasia are our priority export targets, and we hope to create Iranian innovation and technology in all these areas,” he said. added.