Iran calls for cooperation among ECO states

Baku, Dec 6, IRNA – Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi has cooperation ECO wide, hoping that the cooperation will benefit mankind and make the world a better place for all.

'This Ministerial meeting is very valuable as we can exchange views, explore possibilities for cooperation, and discuss new and innovative ideas. I took forward to expanding collaboration with all interested parties, and I am confident that such cooperation will benefit mankind and make this world a better place for all,' said Jahromi in an address to the Second Meeting of Information Technology ministers of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states held in Baku on Tuesday.
'In the Name of God the Compassionate the Merciful,
'Mr. Chairman
'Honorable Ministers
'Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of ITU
'Mr. Halil Ibrahim Acka, Secretary General of ECO
'Excellencies
'Distinguished Delegates
'Ladies and Gentlemen
'Allow me to begin by expressing my gratitude to the people and government of the host country, the Republic of Azerbaijan, for their kind hospitality and to the honorable Minister Rahim Guluzade and his team for hosting and organizing this even. I would also like to recognize and appreciate the hard work by H.E. Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Acka whose invaluable efforts have resulted in very useful and in-depth reports and analysis for this meeting.
'This ministerial meeting is an excellent occasion to familiarize ourselves with indigenous capabilities, products, and services that are developed and produced in our region. It also provides us with the opportunity to join hands and plan for bilateral, multilateral, and regional cooperation for joint product design and manufacturing, joint service offerings, and joint network planning and development. We are heartened by the fact that our common market size justifies niche product development. Together, we have a population of close to 500 million and our total GDP is in excess of 5 trillion Dollars. These are our points of strengths, which enable us to develop and implement meaningful cooperation.
'Mr. Chairman,
'We are entering into an era of broadband digital economy with many opportunities. I want to emphasize the importance of strengthening regional collaboration towards the broadband digital economy. We believe that the people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented broadband digital economy could greatly contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals. It is in this light that we endorse the report prepared by the ECO Secretariat on Digital Economy4Digital Era: 2025 ECO Regional Strategy for Information Society Development. Specifically, we are prepared to act as the focal point for Pillar 6 General Objective, which is digital technologies as support for agricultural development; and Pillar 7 General Objective, which is a safe and secure ICT environment in ECO region. Of course, the above mentioned ECO report presents the high level concepts, and there is a need to establish a detailed framework for each Pillar. We are prepared to engage with the secretariat to develop the detailed frameworks in partnership with the interested institutions in other Member States.
'Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Colleagues,
'This Ministerial meeting is very valuable as we can exchange views, explore possibilities for cooperation, and discuss new and innovative ideas. I took forward to expanding collaboration with all interested parties, and I am confident that such cooperation will benefit mankind and make this world a better place for all.
'I thank you for your attention.'
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