Iran is exploring further scientific and knowledge sharing with East Africa after a high level delegation of Iranians led by Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari visited the region and signed several agreements with local companies.
Sattari was accompanied by a high-ranking delegation comprised of officials and heads of 70 knowledge-based companies.
Key among the agreement is a $7 Million agreement between Iranian companies which manufacture herbal medicine which will see the company export quality drugs for Kenyan and Ugandan markets.
According to Iran official media, this unnamed company has signed a $5 million agreement with Kenya, and a $2 million deal with Uganda for production of Iranian herbal medicines.
Under the agreements, the company will launch five production lines for five different products in Kenya and Uganda. Three production lines are for ointment, syrup and capsule, while the other two are for animal products.
Iran will produce the raw materials for these production lines for ten years and export them to these two countries. Two Iranian knowledge-based companies will take care of the production and packaging of the medicines. The technical know-how will be transferred to Uganda and Kenya after two years.
The implementation of the agreements will create jobs for 150-200 Iranian farmers, leading to $20-30 million of income in a year. The company will send the required machinery to these two countries in a month, and run the first trial production in three months.
By the end of 2018, the production of Iranian herbal medicines will officially kick off in Kenya and Uganda.
Iran has been developing relations with Kenya and Uganda in the past decades especially in areas of health and technology which Iran has been very helpful to the under-developed African countries. Both Iranian and African sides are now resolutely determined to boost relations in all areas.
The Iranian Vice President also held a meeting with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday.
During the meeting, Sattari noted the potential and capabilities of knowledge-based companies in Iran, highlighting the significance and the need for expanding cooperation between the two countries in the fields of science and technology.
Iran is known to have the fourth highest number of engineers in the world, Sattari said, voicing hope that the meetings and extensive talks between the two sides would kick off a new chapter in joint scientific and technological cooperation.