Over 140 national macro technology projects launched

July 18, 2021 - 16:56

TEHRAN – Some 141 national macro technology projects have been launched across the country until June 21, according to the Center for National Macro Technology Projects.

A total of 316 projects have been approved so far, 141 of which have been completed, and 54 percent of these projects are related to the health sector.

Other areas included agriculture, advanced machinery, environment, defense and military industries, digital intelligence, basic knowledge, transportation, and other sectors.

Supported by the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology, “national macro technology projects” are knowledge-based and technological projects with commercialization abilities, implementation of which requires the extensive cooperation of various players. 

However, these projects respond to the strategic and fundamental needs of the country. Given their impact on production, self-efficacy, and job creation, these projects must be supported as important tools for the realization of a knowledge-based economy in the country. 

In order to implement the national macro projects, the Vice-Presidency coordinates the government and private ministries, organizations, and units and financially supports the advancing of the projects using the budget of the Vice-Presidency and the relevant units. 

The output of the national macro technology and innovation projects in the Vice-Presidency is often products manufactured in the country for the first time in a way that it can solve a serious problem in a production industry.  

Technology development in Iran

Despite sanctions putting pressure on the country, a unique opportunity was provided for business development and the activity of knowledge-based companies in the country.

Currently, over 7,000 knowledge-based companies are active in the country, manufacturing diverse products to meet the needs of the domestic market while saving large amounts of foreign currency.

The fields of aircraft maintenance, steel, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment, oil, and gas are among the sectors that researchers in technology companies have engaged in, leading to import reduction.

Vice President for Science and Technology Sourena Sattari told the Tehran Times in October 2020 that “U.S. sanctions caused exports of knowledge-based companies to decline three years ago, however, it has returned to growth and is projected to reach the pre-sanctions level of more than $1 billion by the end of the current [Iranian calendar] year (March 20, 2021).

Fortunately, last year, companies achieved a record sale of 1.2 quadrillion rials (nearly $28.5 billion at the official rate of 42,000 rials), which is expected to increase by 40 percent this year.”