ITPO Italy Inception mission to Iran

Teheran - 21-29 January 2017

ITPO Italy Inception mission to Iran

Teheran-Isfahan, 21-28 January 2017 - UNIDO ITPO Italy has carried out a one-week inception mission to the Islamic Republic of Iran, in order to launch and pave the way for the future implementation of the project entitled “Support to Iran’s SMEs through investment promotion and technology transfer in energy and environment”. This project is implemented by UNIDO ITPO Italy in coordination with the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding and a Plan of Action with the Iranian Department of Environment on cooperation for environmental protection and sustainable development, pursuing the commitments undertaken at the COP 21 Conference on Climate Change.

The objective of the mission was to start the inception phase of the project, that aims to support Iranian government in upgrading and strengthening the competitiveness of the industrial SMEs in Iran by identifying and promoting sustainable investment and technology transfer opportunities in selected energy and environment sectors, supporting sustainable development, local job creation and fostering international partnerships in alignment with ISID – Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development and SDGs 9 & 13 on inclusive and innovative industrial development and climate action.

UNIDO ITPO Italy, with the support of the UNIDO Regional Office in Teheran, carried out a series of meetings with relevant institutions, associations, research centers and representatives of the private sector operating in the areas of interest of the project in Tehran and Isfahan in order to gather first-hand information from involved local stakeholders and disseminate information on the project’s objective and activities. Among the numerous local counterparts met by UNIDO ITPO Italy staff, it’s worth mentioning the meetings with the Ministry for Industry and Trade; the Department of Environment; the Iran Energy Efficiency Organization (SABA); the Organization for Investment, Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran (OIETAI); the Center for Innovation and Technology Cooperation (CITC); the Innovation and Prosperity Fund;  the Institute for Trade, Studies and Research (ITSR); the Iran International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); the Iran Italy Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of Isfahan, among others.

The mission provided to UNIDO ITPO Italy staff the opportunity to interact and strengthen working relations with around 50 representatives of relevant local institutions and companies and define the road map for the project implementation. All  the stakeholders met during the mission expressed their interest and strong will to cooperate with UNIDO ITPO Italy, paving the way for a fruitful collaboration within the project’s planned activities.