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Tehran, Brasilia Boosting Technology Ties

Tehran, Brasilia Boosting Technology TiesTehran, Brasilia Boosting Technology Ties

Brazil and Iran have developed a joint agenda for research and development in technology parks, nanotechnology and biotechnology to leverage synergies between the two countries, according to a press release from the Brasilia government.

“Brazil is 13th in the world ranking of knowledge production, while Iran is 17th. Approximately 44% of their gross domestic product is related to industrial activity,” said Alvaro Prata, the country’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications’ secretary for Technological Development and Innovation.

According to Prata, the two countries will form a working group and take concrete actions for Brazilians and Iranians to advance their research efforts.

The cooperation was agreed on November 17 by Prata and Iran’s senior advisor for international affairs and technology transfers, Sohrab Assa.

The memorandum of understanding establishes cooperation in (and transfer of) biotechnologies; research and development of new drugs and products targeted at the agricultural sector; joint research in nanotechnology (especially nanomedicine) and cognitive sciences.

The document also defines, as a mutual interest, the exploration of investigation and development possibilities in information and communications technologies, including hardware, software, cyber policies, cognitive computing and the development and exchange of knowhow concerning technology parks.

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