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Iran's Tech Highlighted at Gitex 2015

Iran's Tech Highlighted at Gitex 2015Iran's Tech Highlighted at Gitex 2015

Iran plans to hold a conference in the Gitex Technology Week that opened in Dubai, the UAE, on Sunday to introduce investment opportunities in the information and communications technology sector.

Mohammad Reza Talaei, head of Iran’s ICT guild organization, added that delegations from Egypt and Nigeria have expressed readiness to hold trade meetings with Iranian companies during the week that runs until Oct. 24, Mehr News Agency writes.

“After a few years of hiatus, Iran will finally have a pavilion in Gitex this year, during which 11 companies from the pavilion and three others independently will participate in the exhibition,” he said, noting that Iran’s presence in the event in the post-nuclear agreement era will lead to great opportunities for the country.  

Talaei hoped that the participation of Iranian companies in upcoming exhibitions such as GSM in Barcelona, Spain, and CeBIT in Germany will fulfill the country’s objective of increasing the volume of exports.

The five-day event is being held under the theme of “The Internet Future of Everything,” revolving around the pillars of innovation, connected cloud, big data, mobility and security.

Additional new and expanded, Gitex this year features the world’s largest Google CSI Lab, all-night Hackathon, Hot Stuff Awards, Student Lab and networking platforms such as Connexions Majlis, Connexions Lounge and Connexions Online.

In tandem with the Year of Innovation, the GTX Horizons Zone will showcase leading-edge demonstrations of next-generation disruptive technologies across 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, drones and robotics.

Innovation, interoperation and disruption will continue as themes across the GTX Ignite conference, a powerhouse of global thought leadership and GTX Innovation Tech Talks, free to attend sessions, that will host over 100 sessions.

The 35th edition of Gitex is expected to welcome more than 130,000 visitors from over 150 countries, including more than 20,000 C-level executives and more than 3,600 exhibiting brands and over 62 participating countries, organizers said in a media statement.

Courtesy of strong regional technology takeup, Middle East organizations are ideally placed to become leaders in Internet of Everything innovation. The Middle East and Africa region is set to post the world’s second-fastest growing ICT market in 2015, reaching $270 billion, according to IDC.

Longer-term, the Middle East’s IT market is set to grow by 23%, from $204 billion in 2014 to $252 billion in 2019, according to Gartner.

Co-located events include the GSMA Mobile 360 Series, the region’s leading mobile community conference and InfoComm MEA, the Middle East and Africa’s leading audio visual technology event.