In The Name of God

Welcome Message

By Prof. P. Salehi


Dear Participants,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am truly honored and delighted to welcome you to the “1st Asia-Pacific Innovation Forum” to be held during June 10-12, 2019 at Tehran, Iran.

The Forum’s theme is “Technology Start-ups for Sustainable Development” in recognition of technology being a key means of implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, the Forum will be a great opportunity to demonstrate the most innovative technology start-up initiatives, discover frontier technological advancements from across the Asia-Pacific region and moreover, to develop partnerships with other member States so that the countries in the region can move forward together to encounter the great opportunities and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

I’d like to provide you with an idea of what you can expect and what we do hope to achieve over the next few days. Numerous discussion sessions will be held during these days, preparing a situation to discuss key challenges and subjects, including governments’ policies to promote technology start-ups, women’s role in innovation and technology development, technological investments, technology funds, and financing the technology development and commercialization, supporting Science and Technology Parks as well as Incubators by efficient policymaking, etc.

In conjunction with the Forum, the 8th International Innovation and Technology Exhibition (INOTEX 2019) is organized to be held by the Vice Presidency for Science and Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran. During the recent years, Iran has put different plans into action to improve its technology and innovation ecosystem and many Iranian startups and knowledge-based SMEs have showcased their capacities and potentials in this exhibition. INOTEX 2019 can provide a special opportunity to facilitate collaborations between Iranian and foreign companies/startups through technological, investment, etc. cooperation.

The nations’ futures have been intertwined with technology- and innovation-based development. For us, to achieve a genuinely Sustainable Development, there is no way but to extend the borders of our knowledge-based economy. Therefore, we should seize this gathering as a rare chance and look at this Forum as an opportunity to meet the challenges of this field, share ideas and thoughts and excel despite setbacks.

Before I close, I’d like to express my gratitude to you, for attending this Forum and bringing your precious expertise to this gathering. I appreciate your sharing of knowledge and experience with partners and your effort and commitment to enrich the Forum content. Through this synergy, we can surely pave the road to a truly prosperous and bright future based on technology and innovation.