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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani thanked experts and scientists for developing hi-tech in the country, and urged that Iran should become a knowledge-based economy.
“Some time in the past, we received advanced technologies from other countries, but today we enjoy hi-tech and can interact with other countries to further enhance these technologies,” Rouhani said, addressing a ceremony on the occasion of the International Labors Day in Tehran on Sunday.
Voicing pleasure that the Iranian economic enterprises are now competing with their rivals at the international level, he said, “If we want to increase our income and wealth and improve the workers’ situations, we should move towards a knowledge-based economy.”
Iran is among the few world countries such as the US, Japan and Germany that have access to a number of hi-tech, including in nuclear, stem cell and aerospace technologies.
The country has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields, in recent years.
In relevant remarks last year, Iran’s Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari underscored the necessity for paying special attention to the development of knowledge-based economy in Iran.
“Today we should move toward changing the old approach towards research, a kind of approach which has been created based on reliance on oil revenues and has influenced research environment of the country,” Sattari said.
Changing the old habits needs firm determination for moving toward innovation by Iranian enterprises because reliance on mere oil revenues in research and technology has led to creation of luxury but inefficient infrastructures in the country and that is why we should leave behind a kind of culture which is based on dependence on oil economy, the official added.
He said expertise and skilled human resources make up the back bone of knowledge-based economy, adding today the country faces a big and exceptional opportunity to move toward materialization of knowledge-based economy and distance itself from oil-dependent economy.