Digital economy taking the lead in global development: official

February 23, 2019

TEHRAN – Digital economy and development of different technologies in the world is taking the lead in transformation of traditional economy into modern economy, Alireza Daliri, the head of management development department of the vice presidency for science and technology, has said.

Nowadays, IT companies pioneer in the world and replace car manufacturing firms, he said.

The speed of digital economy is so high that it is being transformed into the basic economy for development of the country, he said.

Daliri pointed to the role of Google research engine and a high number of emails, which manifested that the daily life of people is based on technology.

E-commerce, e-learning, e-teaching, and data management are the basics of digital transformation in today world, he said. 

He expressed hope that the digital economy would develop in Iran with development of human resources and information technology in the near future.

According to statistics released by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in September 2018, over 93,700 job opportunities were created in the field of smart transportation system, e-commerce and mobile applications in Iran during the previous Iranian calendar year 1396 (March 2017-March 2018).

The development of digital economy as a crucial field in strengthening knowledge-based economy was a high priority during the past year, the ministry announced.

According to a recent report by the E-Commerce Development Center of Iran, in the previous calendar year, 72 percent of e-commerce businesses were run with less than five persons and only six percent of them were companies with more than 30 staff.

Some 43 percent of individuals who are active in the field of e-commerce are 30 to 40 years old, and 36 percent between 20 to 30 years old. Meanwhile, only nine percent of e-commerce managers are women. 

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