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12 Maggio 2021



The year 2020 was a fruitful one for Iran's technology ecosystem, which earned about $1 billion in exports, according to the state-backed Iran National Innovation Fund.“The revenue was earned by 450 well-developed tech firms,” said Marzieh Shavardi, the head of the fund's Empowerment Office. “With about 7,000 talented startups and 6,000 knowledge-based businesses, the export value will embark on an upward trajectory,” the fund’s website quoted her as saying.Addressing a Sunday meeting with a commercial delegation from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Shavardi gave an overview of Iran's technological achievements and outlined INIF's commitment to financially support the growing tech ecosystem.“With the fund’s assistance, new entrepreneurs will be able to commercialize their products and develop into knowledge-based businesses,” she said. INIF chief, Ali Vahdat, proposed hosting joint tech and innovation events to help bilateral ties grow. He also announced that the fund intends to create a permanent tech hub in Bosnia-Herzegovina to increase the export of Iranian innovative goods. “The fund is also keen on sharing experiences to develop Bosnian tech community and improve relations with the country,” he added.During the conference, 10 Iranian technology companies showcased their products in the fields of construction and engineering, residential energy efficiency, clinical equipment and medicine.The Bosnian delegation expressed its willingness to expand tech cooperation, hoping that bilateral ties would help their country develop in various technological fields while also benefiting from Iranian products in their market.  Export PromotionTech experts and officials believe greater financial support should be directed to boost knowledge-based exports and make domestic tech industries more self-sufficient.INIF is planning to achieve the goal by designing a scheme that offers tech firms four kinds of support, namely loans, warranties, investments and empowerment services.Siavash Malekifar, a deputy at the fund, said tech firms undertaking international trade can receive financial support, foreign leasing and other services to expand their export market. “Offering grants worth 800 million rials [$3,600] to firms for attending foreign expos is one of the other services offered by the fund to help tech firms develop foreign business ties,” he said.According to the official, export centers were established in China, Azerbaijan, India, Iraq and Kyrgyzstan last year, which showed high capacity for introducing Iranian high-tech products to the target market. “After opening a tech hub in Kenya in late January and in Syria last week, officials are holding talks to open similar centers in Afghanistan, Qatar, Oman and hopefully Bosnia,” he added. Malekifar said export centers provide tech firms with shared working space, the opportunity to employ local professionals for marketing their products in small-scale exhibitions, market analysis and sales consultancy, in addition to deploying commercial teams for publicizing the firms and attracting customers.  (ICE TEHERAN)