World ICT giants eyeing Iran’s market

TEHRAN, Oct. 26 (MNA) – Following Iran’s participation in GITEX technology week in Dubai, a number of European and American ICT giants have shown interest to enter Iran’s market.

The remarks were made by Rouhollah Estiri, the director general for international business affairs of the Directorate for Science and Technology Affairs of Iran’s Presidential Office, on Sunday.

He noted the presence of leading European and American ICT companies at Iran’s pavilion in the 2015 GITEX technology week and their negotiations with Iranian officials for entering the country’s market, adding “so far, we have held constructive talks with Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, and Gemalto, and they have announced readiness to participate in Iran’s ICT market.”

About Iran’s negotiations with IBM, the US technology and consulting corporation, Estiri said, “IBM wishes to cooperate with Iranian leading ICT universities and it has been decided that the Vice-Presidency for Science and Technology, while in coordination with Iranian universities such as Sharif University of Technology, will provide the necessary supports for sharing IBM educational packages in the country.”

The official added that while Iran offers a suitable market for selling these companies products, the policy of the Islamic Republic is to have the technology transferred into the country and th participation in joint investments; “Iran must become a base for selling the products of these companies to other countries in the region,” he said.

The official said all the companies have had comprehensive studies on Iran's ICT market, and are cautiously willing to come to Iran.

Estiri further added that Microsoft which is cooperating with Pakistani companies on granting licenses to the country’s domestic products, is now preparing to start similar cooperation with Iranian firms; “Microsoft is ready to transfer technology to Iran from zero to one hundred so that Iranian products could be marketed under Microsoft license,” he added.

According to him, Microsoft is expected to take certain measures over the next month with regards to investing in Iran.

The official also referred to negotiations with the French leading company in digital security, Gemalto, adding “it was decided that Gemalto’s representative in the Middle East travel to Iran in the next month to apply for a representative office here.”

The 2015 GITEX technology week was held in the United Arab Emirates on 18-22 October.

 

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