TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Vice-President for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari highlighted the country’s progress in scientific areas and said the Islamic Republic’s position in the Global Innovation Index has improved by 55 spots.

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Iran has the biggest start-up companies in the region and the country has had good plans in this area over the last few years, Sattari said at a press conference in Tehran on Sunday.

“We have been able to improve our position by 55 places in the (Global) Innovation Index,” the official said.

“Good things will happen for the country’s ecosystem,” he added, expressing hope that the country would be successful in this area.

Sattari also pointed to the inaugural Asia-Pacific Innovation Forum, which will take place in Tehran from June 10 to 12, and said high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 50 foreign countries will attend the event.

The Forum is jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Vice Presidency for Science and Technology), according to the official website of the event.

The theme of the Forum is “Technology Start-ups for Sustainable Development” in recognition of technology being a key means of implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Forum will be an opportunity to showcase the most innovative technology start-up initiatives, discover frontier technological advancements from across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and develop partnerships with other member States so that the countries in the region can move forward together to face great opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.