via Iran Pledges to Support Zimbabwe – HispanicBusiness.com October 30, 2013
The Iranian government is ready to help Zimbabwe develop mining and medical equipment production plants once the country comes up with viable business strategies, an Iranian official has said.
Speaking after a meeting with the Industrial Development Corporation of Zimbabwe, the head of the centre for innovation and technology co-operation in the president’s office of Iran, Professor Hamid Reza Amirinia, said they met with Vice President Joice Mujuru and Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa on possible areas they could co-operate with Government. He is leading a six-member delegation that is on a fact-finding mission.
“We met the two on possibilities of setting up a medical equipment manufacturing plant and the development of industrial technologies. We told them that we are ready to receive proposals to assist the health sector and on the transfer of bio- and nano-technology based on the country’s needs,” he said.
Mr Amirinia said his country was keen on assisting the ICT sector although there was need to assess the requirements and ICT literacy levels.
“We are looking at establishing a joint educational plan with Tehran University to boost the level of IT education,” he added.
IDC chief executive Mr Michael Ndudzo said although demand for medical equipment in Zimbabwe was low, there was high demand in the region.
The delegation, which arrived in the country on Monday, leaves today. Iran has been assisting Zimbabwe in a number of areas. Some of the major investments by Iran includes the establishment of a tractor assembly plant in Harare. Most of the investments have been as a result of a Joint Permanent Commission established in 1991.
Iranian firms have also been the largest foreign contingent at the Harare Agricultural Show and the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair for a number of years.