By Nigar Orujova
Azerbaijan and Iran plan to continue their cooperation in high technologies, switching to manufacturing high-tech and satellite communications products.
The is mentioned to Trend by Mehdi Mohtashami, the head of the secretariat of the Azerbaijan-Iran intergovernmental commission for cooperation in trade, economic, and humanitarian spheres.
He said that the discussions on cooperation in these spheres are planned during the visit of the Azerbaijani delegation to Iran, headed by Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev.
Issues of cooperation in the technology and communication spheres between the sides will be discussed by Iltimas Mammadov, the deputy minister of communications and high technologies, who explore the activities of the Iranian Tech Park and hold a meeting with the leadership of Iranian television networks.
“Iranian companies are interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of ICT. We hope that the agreement on cooperation will be signed in Baku within the exhibition BakuTel 2015.”
“There are industries that are more developed in Iran, for example, manufacturing and services, and those that are developed in Azerbaijan. For instance, Iran can cooperate with Azerbaijan in the field of satellite communications, using the resources of the Azerbaijani satellite,” said Mohtashami.
He went on to add that Azerbaijan and Iran have discussed issues of cooperation in the field of ICT, and reached a preliminary agreement at the last year's BakuTel exhibition.
“I hope that the visit of Deputy Minister Iltimas Mammadov to Iran will have a positive impact on the strengthening of cooperation between the sides, which will result in the signing of agreements in the field of computer technology and software,” said the head of the secretariat.
Cooperation in the field of information and communication technologies will open the Iranian ICT market to Azerbaijani companies. Meanwhile, Iranian companies will gain access to the Azerbaijani market.
Moreover, Iran is also interested in establishing a joint high-tech park on a territory bordering Azerbaijan, Mohtashami said.
“Sumgayit [industrial city near Baku] has a chemical and industrial park for the production of petrochemical products. As you know, Iran is among countries producing the similar products. We are very interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of petrochemicals,” he said.
Another important issue, he believes, is the creation of joint markets in the Azerbaijani-Iranian border. “It's a good move, especially for people living in the border area, as well as for the economic development of these cities.”
Mohtashami noted that similar markets and free trade zones are well developed in the border regions of Iran.
“We are interested in joint investments in these areas. Of course, the infrastructure must also be ready. The problems associated with freight, issues of railway and customs, must be eliminated.
“After the visit of the Economy and Industry Minister Shahin Mustafayev to Tehran, I plan to visit the province Ardabil to inspect border checkpoints Bilasuvar and Aslanduz. Both countries need to improve the situation at the customs and border crossings for the movement of passengers and cargo,” he stressed.
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