Iran's vice president in charge of science and technology, Sourena Sattari, who is currently on a tour of east Africa, has said hi-tech Iranian firms and their advanced products have been well-received in Africa.

According to an Iran Press report, Sourena Sattari who was speaking at the joint Iran-Uganda commercial and business meeting on Wednesday, emphasized that hi-tech products and services of knowledge-based Iranian firms have been very well received in Uganda, with many Ugandan companies and organizations expressing an interest  in hi-tech products manufactured in Iran.

Also present at the meeting was the minister of science, technology and innovation of Uganda, a number of Iranian hi-tech firms , as well as a number of Ugandan companies and government owned businesses.  Speaking at the meeting, the Ugandan minister of science and technology referred to the impressive range of hi-tech products manufactured in Iran and said Iran's education system has been very successful in training large numbers of scientists and engineers of high caliber who have excelled in many areas of science and technology. The Ugandan minister also praised Iran's agricultural sector, and biotechnology firms active in agriculture.

For his part, vice president in charge of science and technology, Sourena Sattari, said Iran produces a wide range of state-of-the-art hi-tech products, with many knowledge-based Iranian companies turning science into commercial products. Sattari also referred to newly-established 'startup' firms, saying they have done a lot to create jobs for highly-educated young people, as well as producing a range of hi-tech products and services.

Sattari added: "We have created a link between top researchers at universities and hi-tech firms, and this has led to commercialization of applied science and technology, resulting in the manufacture of hi-tech products".

Sattari said he was hopeful that exchange of technology between Iran and Uganda would result from active links between Ugandan and Iranian firms.