Iran aims to cooperate with Azerbaijan in ICT sphere - minister (exclusive)
Iran intends to expand cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of information and communication technologies, as well as in the field of satellite communications, Mahmoud Vaezi, minister of communications and information technology of Iran, co-chairman of the intergovernmental commission, said in an exclusive interview with Trend August 20.
“We have held talks with Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan Ali Abbasov to expand cooperation in the field of new and advanced technologies,” he said. “During the talks, the sides discussed cooperation in the fields of ICT and satellite communication, have held preliminary talks on the Iranian channels broadcasting via Azerbaijani satellite. This issue was also discussed by experts of the two countries, who also held mutual exchange of information.”
Vaezi said that Azerbaijani and Iranian companies also negotiate in this area.
“During his visit to Iran, Abbasov familiarized himself with Iranian companies, and I, in turn, familiarized myself with Azerbaijani companies during my visit to Azerbaijan,” said Vaezi. “In addition, two weeks ago during a visit to Tehran, Deputy Minister of Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan Iltimas Mammadov also familiarized himself with a number of Iranian companies. I think that there is a great potential for cooperation in the field of ICT between our countries.”
Vaezi went on to add that Azerbaijan and Iran also discussed the issues of renewable energy. A package of documents that will be signed soon has been prepared on this issue between the Ministry of Energy of Iran and the State Agency on Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources of Azerbaijan.
“This will contribute to the expansion of cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan in the field of alternative and renewable energy,” said the minister.
Also, Iran is interested in a joint production of cars and drugs with Azerbaijan, according to Vaezi. He said that the two countries have very favorable conditions and there are no barriers for cooperation of their private sectors.