$2m to Be In­vested in Star­tups

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TEHRAN - The main topic of the quadri­lat­eral meet­ing be­tween Azer­bai­jan, Turkey, Rus­sia and Iran, held in Baku, was the cre­ation of a con­sor­tium for strength­en­ing star­tups and in­creas­ing their in­come, Ira­nian Minister of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy Mo­ham­mad Javad Azari Jahromi said in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Trend.

“It was sug­gested that each of these four coun­tries in­vest a cer­tain amount of funds,” he said. “It was de­cided to start with the in­vest­ment worth $2 mil­lion at the first stage.”

The Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran has al­ways fo­cused on a strong re­gional ini­tia­tive, he said.

“The Mid­dle East coun­tries, the CIS coun­tries, by strength­en­ing their bi­lat­eral eco­nomic re­la­tions, can make the whole re­gion stronger from the eco­nomic, so­cial and tech­no­log­i­cal points of view,” he noted. “We see that the EU, the ASEAN coun­tries and var­i­ous coun­tries are tak­ing steps in this di­rec­tion.”

He added that this is­sue is a pri­or­ity in ICT as well. “In our opin­ion, our re­gion, which has well-ed­u­cated, well-de­vel­oped, pow­er­ful and ac­tive hu­man re­sources, has the po­ten­tial for joint projects,” he noted. “Thus, with sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of rules, ICT mar­kets should be open for us so that we can use our own mar­kets and ex­pand our ca­pa­bil­i­ties.”

“Iran of­fered such an ini­tia­tive a year ago,” he said. “Over the past year, many dis­cus­sions have been held with the min­is­ters of com­mu­ni­ca­tion of Azer­bai­jan, Rus­sia and Turkey. This is­sue was in­ves­ti­gated at a meet­ing in Ash­ga­bat. At the meet­ing in Dubai, this is­sue was again in fo­cus.”

“Yesterday, the quadri­lat­eral meet­ing started with a cer­tain agenda pro­posed by Iran,” Azari Jahromi noted.

It was de­cided to hold the next meet­ing in Iran in the sec­ond half of Jan­uary; the sides should agree on the de­tails of this is­sue and start its im­ple­men­ta­tion, he said.

The Ira­nian minister said that 2-3 is­sues were also put for­ward. There were pro­pos­als and talks on strength­en­ing cy­ber se­cu­rity, satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions, postal op­er­a­tions, he added.

At the meet­ing, the ne­go­ti­a­tions were mainly about star­tups, he said.

It was de­cided that de­tailed talks should be held on the men­tioned ar­eas at the Tehran meet­ing, he noted.

“Let’s con­duct joint re­search, jointly man­u­fac­ture prod­ucts with par­tic­i­pa­tion of pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, jointly in­vest, sup­port, and carry out joint train­ing. Let’s open our mar­kets for each other, so that we can have a break­through in these ar­eas,” said Azari Jahromi.

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