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The Third Workgroup of Efficient Technologies and Mines of Iran and Austria Was Held

The third workgroup of efficient technologies and mines was held, attended by the deputy minister for international affairs and head of the center for international interaction in science and technology and the delegation from the Austrian ministry of science and research with the supervision of Ms. Han and ambassador of Austria in Iran. The economic cooperation commission of Iran and Austria was formed after Barjam (lifting of sanctions against Iran) and after a long pause. In this commission, the roadmap for five-year collaborations between the two countries was designed to implement the previously concluded contracts. This roadmap includes several workgroups, including the mine and sufficient technologies workgroup, management of which was allocated to the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs from the ministry of industry, mine, and trade. This workshop was mainly established for familiarization with technological processes and advances in the international arena, transfer of technology and acquisition of new knowledge in three areas of environment, renewable energies, and mines. To this end, the workgroup of efficient technologies and mines aimed to prepare an action plan for following up and guiding the defined projects.

This action plan includes 50 subjects of joint cooperation, 30 of which are finished or are at the final stages since 2016.

The third meeting of the workgroup of efficient technologies and mines was held November 28th-29th, 2017 at the location of the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs with the purposes of monitoring new projects, eliminating the barriers to the implementation of some cases and defining an execution mechanism for some of the projects.  

In this round, representatives of the Austrian ministry of science and research along with a number of Austrian companies and the representative of the AIT (Austrian Technology Institute) had meetings with their Iranian counterparts. The results of these meetings were announced to the deputy minister for international affairs and head of the center for international interaction in science and technology in the form of a report. In terms of the measures taken in this area, Ali Morteza Birang stated: the existence of a five-year executive plan from 2016 to 2020 is a beneficial phenomenon.

In addition to considering the role of the Austrian embassy in the regulation of relations between the two countries, Birang requested the new ambassador of Austria to specifically follow up the solving of financial and banking problems, such as bank and insurance warranties by Austria. In this regard, he affirmed: such problems interrupt the execution process of projects. Therefore, we demand elimination of these problems in the shortest possible time.

Birang also demanded effective role-playing of advantage Austria (commerce department of Austrian Embassy) in informing about the INOTEX 2018 exhibition. He also expressed the preparedness of Iran in allocating a pavilion to Austria in this exhibition, asking for management of this issue by the advantage Austria.

Deputy minister for international affairs and head of the center for international interaction in science and technology regarded the presence of Austrian companies in Iran as a step toward the elimination of previously missed opportunities, stating: application of this opportunity is a requirement.

Use of the Capacity of Startups in Iran Is a Requirement

During this meeting, Stefan Schulz, the ambassador of Austria in Iran, stated that it is encouraging to have a five-year executive cooperation program between Iran and Austria. He added: we need to closely monitor the proper implementation of programs and ensure that the determined programs are in compliance with the condition of Iran.

Schulz continued: Iran is one of the most powerful countries in the region and has a great young manpower, for which new occupations must be formed. In this regard, strengthening of small and medium companies could contribute to the creation of jobs in the country.  

Pointing out the high capacity of startups in Iran, Schulz asserted: exploitation of the high capacity of startups is a requirement. Therefore, they must be used in the development of the economy, production of value and wealth and development of small and medium companies.

The ambassador of Austria in Iran regarded the use of the high capacity of startups another solution for the Iranian youth and announced the preparedness of Austria for cooperation with Iran in this field.

He also marked: Austria is ready to host Iran from the beginning of 2018. I hope that this travel leads to extended and deepened relations between the two countries.

In this respect, Schulz expressed: the embassy of Austria has aimed to create a proper condition for concluding more contracts between private companies of the two countries.

On the other hand, Ahmadreza Alaei Tabatabaei, head of the office of business developments plans, presented a report on the follow-up of the joint projects determined between the two countries.

In this meeting, the representative of AVL Co. announced the elimination of the problem of bank guarantee, and his Iranian counterpart demanded the acceleration of the execution of the contract for transfer of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology to Iran.

Moreover, the representative of Scan Co. from Austria announced the results of their negotiation in agreement over cooperation in the area of water quality and pollution monitoring.

Following that, the representative of AIT Co. presented a report on the initiation of defined educational courses and cooperation with the center for technology and innovation cooperation of presidency, stating that one of the goals of this agreement was the appointment of Iranian technology advisor in Austria, which has been realized. Another issue discussed by the mentioned representative was defining a new mechanism in the application of the capacity of supportive and research funds of Austria.

According to the presented reports, a joint cooperation was defined between Austria and Pardis Science and Technology Park, which is decided to be evaluated by the commerce Advantage Austria of the embassy of Austria.

During the meeting, the representative of mine department announced the defining of bilateral cooperation with geology organization in areas of “exploration of resources for shortage of water” and “process of geophysical information”.

In addition, the representative of IMIDRO Co. declared that deputy of mining of the ministry of mining and trade has aimed to conclude joint contracts in areas of “transfer of technology in the area of mining machinery and mining industries” and “research, development and holding educational courses on the production of minerals” with his counterpart during his travel to Austria in the next year.

 

It is noteworthy that this joint meeting was attended by the representatives from the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs, Pardis Science and Technology Park, the center for technology and innovation cooperation, technology advisor of Iran in Austria, representative of mining renovation and development and mining industries of Iran, representative of Iran trade development organization and ambassador of Austria in Iran. 


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