COMSTECH subsidiaries of INN, CINVU, INSTP sign MoU on boosting ties

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A trilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by subsidiaries of COMSTECH, the Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in order to increase cooperation in the scientific, educational, research, technology and executive sectors.

According to a report by Public Relations Office of Materials and Energy Research Center (MERC), the MoU was signed by the Inter-Islamic Network on Nanotechnology (INN), the Inter-Islamic Network on Virtual Universities (CINVU) and the Inter-Islamic Network on Science and Technology Parks (INSTP).

The MoU was signed in the presence of President of INN Professor Alireza Khavandi, who serves as the head of the MERC, and Secretary General of the CINVU Professor Karim Najafi-Barzegar and Dr. Ali Basti, the secretary general of the INSTP as well as Zamanian,Deputy Chief Financial Officer of MERC, Senior Advisor to MERC President Alireza Kolahi, Mahmood Kazemzad, the head of INN Secretariat in addition to officials from Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology and Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology and COMSTECH officials in headquarters of Payame Noor University in Tehran.

The purposes of this memorandum are to exchange information regarding the capacities of OIC member states in the field of activities of these three networks;strengthening relations with the COMSTECH, holding training courses, workshops, projects, conferences and joint international exhibitions, strengthening relations with domestic state-run institutions and international bodies using the potentials of these threenetworks, forming a joint executive committee, the transfer of databases of the members of the three networks and the commercialization of technology-based products.

At the beginning of the ceremony to sign the MoU, Najafi-Barzegar, the secretary general of the CINVU, expressing his happiness on signing of the memorandum, said: “This meeting is organized to synergize scientific and international activities.”

He noted thatthe Inter-Islamic Network on Nanotechnology is one of the most important networks for Islamic countries.

He added: "The Islamic Republic of Iran is honored to host the COMSTECH scientific bodies as an important science and technology center.”

The CINVU head said: "The OIC has established 13 networks in the world with the aim of developing the scientific infrastructure of Islamic countries,” including outstanding networks of INN, CINVU, INSTP headquartered in Iran.

Najafi-Barzegar hoped that with the cooperation of these three networks, we can boost our synergy and activate our ties.

“This synergy is very important and effective for the growth of the Islamic world as well as the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Islamic world;It is also very important for the COMSTECH that three networks to be active in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he added.

The CINVU head went on to say that we are happy that there are views from abroad to the Islamic Republic of Iran to see that our collections are in harmony with each other and we are seeking to establish a joint academic secretariat.

He pointed out that our vision is to strengthen the Islamic world so that by exploiting the intelligent capacity of the Islamic world, we can somehow have a distinguished share in the formation of the new Islamic civilization and show COMSTECH that the three networks of INN, CINVU, INSTP perform their activities efficiently.

Professor Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, the coordinator general of COMSTECH and Dr. Zahid Majeed, the representative of the president of Allama Iqbal Open University of Pakistan, attended the meeting and gave speeches via videoconference.

Choudhary, while expressing respect and wishing health to the people of Iran, announced that the three networks based in the Islamic Republic of Iran are among the most active networks of the COMSTECH.

He also called for the continuation of material and moral support of the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology for the activities of these three networks.

He further noted that scientific cooperation can lead to unity among the 57 member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and asked the Iranian-headquartered networks to provide scientific and technological support to OIC member states, especially less-developed countries.

The representative of the president of Allama Iqbal Open University of Pakistan welcomed the signing of the MoU, calling for the expansion of cooperation between these three networks and the Allama Iqbal Open University of Islamabad.

Talking in the event, INN President Khavandi stated: This memorandum is in line with the synergies that these three networks can enjoy with each other;We hope we together can leave a good effect on the promotion of our country and show this success to the world and boost our relations.

He said: "This is a way to introduce the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Islamic world in terms of presence in the fields of science and technology, nano and academics”, adding that this shows Iran's scientific capability among the countries of the Islamic world, and we hope this cooperation will continue; “we announce our readiness in this way for any cooperation.”

Talking in the ceremony, Ali Basti, the secretary general of the INSTP said: "These three networks are important for the Islamic world and this make our mission more difficult;but on the other hand, it increases our motivation to move affairs forward.”

He added: "Our activities abroad the Islamic Republic of Iran should be increased and this creates an incentive, enabling use of youth forces in this way to achieve our desired goal with proper planning."

Initiated by the INN, the MoU was signed on January 8, 2021.

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