The Seminar on Innovative and Technological Policies of the 6th Development Plan was officially opened today (Tuesday, March 10) at Modaress Parliament Hall.
The one-day Seminar held under the auspices of the Islamic Parliament Research Center (IPRC) intended to enlighten the technological and innovative perspectives to be envisaged in the 6th Development Plan.
Held at the initiative of the IPRC's Office of Modern Technologies, the Seminar is to elaborate research oriented- approaches and best practices to be duly considered in the 6th Development Plan.
Fruitful key points were raised by the key speakers who touched on practical ways for better prospective advantages of modern technologies in the progress of the country.
In his opening remarks, Head of the IPRC referred to the technological and innovative capabilities as the key to the success of countries in the process of growth and development.
He elaborated the efforts undertaken by the IPRC to make a nationwide research forum to collect expert opinions of research bodies in a bid to provide a knowledge-based document.
"IPRC's initiative intended to introduce strategic approaches to be followed by various research bodies across the country for the realization of the policies outlined by the Supreme Leader in science and technology in the 2015 Forward Looking Document", Jalali remarked.
Fortunately, our policy makers and programmers are widely aware of the key role of technology in the development of socio-political, economic and cultural arena as witnessed in the 5th Development Plan.
"Commercialization of innovative ideas is a pressing need of the country, as we have been able to prepare necessary grounds for this purpose, adding that activation of private sector is of prime importance in this respect," Jalali stressed.
He continued" ITC plays a pivotal role in realizing knowledge-based economy in the drive toward achieving the objectives of resistance economy."
He added "High percentage of university graduates in this field can serve as an important potential for the development of this Section as well as development of the country."
Next speaker at the Seminar was Minister of Communication and Information Technology, M. Vaezi who called cruel sanctions as the major hurdle hindering our country to achieve the targeted growth.
He said "Countries not being able to achieve sustained growth in the process of time, can take a short cut route in order to gain access to this technology. The reason is that modern technologies are of prime importance to their progress".
Vaezi continued "Necessary bedrocks should be prepared inside in order to be able to get access to modern technologies and take benefit from the advantages of such technologies in solving the problems facing them".
"We should give research its due weight and concentrate on modern technologies as the center of our development, Vaezi said, adding that countries with super technologies have registered greater productivity".
"Growth and development needs certain requirements inside and outside. Therefore, under the cruel sanctions currently imposed on our country we cannot reach the targeted 8% growth rate", Vaezi underlined.
"Private sector should be supported in field of technology and to give greater share to it, if we are to give momentum to the spread of IT and ICT across the country," Vaezi concluded.
Vice-President in charge of Science and Technology, S. Sattari was next speaker at this Seminar.
He briefly described the research works done in various fields by research bodies across the country and the problems facing them.
"Research should be the focus of our attention, otherwise no investment yields the interest one can gain from research works", Sattari underlined.
Creativity is also the key element in lawmaking. Though we have numerous laws in various fields, there is no specific creativity in drafting laws from knowledge-based companies", Sattari noted.
He stressed laws that cause momentum in activities of knowledge-based companies are considered as the most progressive legislations.
He said "The nanotechnology drive in Iran has skyrocketed over the past few years".
"The term 'knowledge-based" is an industry that aims to give a better way of living to the people. This is what we think and are ready to present our comments in this respect to the legislature", he concluded.
Minister of Agriculture, M. Hojjati also was among the high ranking officials who addressed the meeting on Tuesday.
He said "Science and technology are the pillars of every dynamic society, adding that the rush by people in different countries to get access to modern technologies for a better life is fast growing".
"Success of commercialized technological products in the field of agriculture hinges on protectionist policies" Hojjati cited.
He stressed "Modern technologies, including bio-technology and nanotechnology have caused drastic changes in agricultural activities."
Parallel to any technological advancement, necessary monitoring tools should be introduced to avert any probable risk and biotechnology is not an exception", Hojjati remarked.
"Adoption or execution of some infrastructural laws for protection of domestic resources of genetics as well as incentive laws to protect biotechnological patents, including laws for bio-safety should be also taken into consideration," Hojjati concluded.
President of Islamic Azad University, Dr. Mirzadeh was the last speaker to address the Seminar.
He said that since the victory of the Islamic Revolution we have been able to registered striking achievements in the field of science and technology.
On the strategic plans of the University he said" Since its establishment this university has had a leading role in the advancement of science and technology across the country."
"Expansion of post graduate studies, development of knowledge-based economy, adoption of market based approaches and creation of free technology companies across the countries tops the programs pursued by the university", Mirzadeh cited.
"Conducting genuine , concentrated and applied researchers, active participation in scientific and research competitions at international level, creation of specialized committees on modern technologies are among other strategic approaches of the university ", He concluded.
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