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Iran, Kazakhstan Sign Technological MoUs

Iran, Kazakhstan Sign Technological MoUs
Iran, Kazakhstan Sign Technological MoUs

Iran's Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari and Kazakhstan's Minister of Investment and Development Asset Issekeshev signed memorandums of understanding in the fields of science and technology on Monday.

The MoUs were signed in the presence of the two countries' presidents. In his latest trip to Iran, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev headed a high-ranking delegation that met with Iranian counterparts. During the visit, 66 memoranda of understanding worth $2 billion were signed in various sectors, including commerce, agriculture, industries and mining.    

A public statement released by the Presidential Office's Science and Technology Bureau highlighted that one of the most important areas discussed between the two sides was development of bilateral ties and extension of collaboration in the areas of science and technology, especially space technologies and nanotechnology, Mehr News Agency reported. In the area of aerospace, the two sides agreed to share infrastructure and space bases as well as know-how for launching satellites.  As for nanotechnologies, Iran will be selling laboratory equipment to Kazakhstan and holding educational courses in the country.  

In addition, the two sides will team up to build technology parks and business incubators and collaborate further in future technological exhibitions, namely Kazakhstan's Expo 2017 and Iran's International Innovations and Technology Exhibition, otherwise known as INOTEX held in Tehran.   

The two sides also discussed expansion of activities of Iran-Kazakhstan Technological Exchange Center that opened in Almaty in July 2015.