Iran has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bolivia on the enhancement of technological and academic collaboration, especially by training nanotechnology experts and establishing a nano-lab in the Latin American state.
The document was signed by visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Bolivian counterpart Diego Pary.
The MoU is aimed at launching courses in the field of modern technologies, including nanotechnology, in Bolivia’s EMI university.
Under the agreement, Iran undertook to sign a deal on establishing Master’s degree and PhD degree programs as well as a specialized nanotechnology laboratory at EMI within the framework of the South-South Cooperation initiative.
In the ceremony where the MoU was signed, Zarif said Iran stands ready to share its experience with other countries.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready, with honour, to share its achievements with nations which have not associated their progress with countries supporting unilateralism and which do not contribute to the reinforcement of the hegemonic system,” said Iran’s foreign minister.
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“The secret to development and progress for countries which are determined to preserve their independence in a world where colonial countries seek to increase the dependence of other countries is to turn a blind eye to the conditional support offered by these countries and to share their potential with countries that have aligned themselves with them,” he said.
“This is a policy pursued by the Islamic Republic of Iran over the past four decades since the [victory of the] Islamic Revolution, and fortunately, using this very approach, Iran has managed to secure marvelous accomplishments in different defense, nuclear, scientific and technological domains, so much so that the country keeps conquering the peaks of progress and development despite different heavy pressures exerted by hegemonic countries,” he said.
The collaboration plan will be implemented in a bid to train Bolivian elite in the field of nanotechnology and jointly producing knowledge-based products as well as commercializing them in the Latin America region.