Iran proposes ECO states to jointly build telecom satellites
TEHRAN, Nov 11, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Iranian Minister of Communication
and Information Technology Reza Taqipour proposed the Economic
Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states to start joint
production of telecommunication satellites, semi-official Fars
news agency reported on Sunday.
Addressing the first meeting of ECO states' communication and
information technology ministers in Tehran on Sunday, Taqipour
called for the start of "studies over the possible grounds for
building and manufacturing telecommunication equipment and use of
common know-how for designing and building joint telecommunication
satellites to be sent to the orbits of the member states,"
according to the report.
He also asked the ECO members to cooperate and exchange
information in software and hardware fields, provide various CIT
services and to build infrastructures, and to help cooperation
among mobile operators in various fields.
On Sunday, Iran's Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani
stressed the importance of promoting closer cooperation among the
ECO states, Press TV reported.
"Under the current circumstances when political and regional
equations are changing rapidly, close cooperation among regional
countries, including ECO member states, can be effective in
maintaining the national interests of countries and their all-out
development and progress," Larijani was quoted as saying.
The ECO is an intergovernmental regional organization
established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey with the aim of
promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation among the
member states. Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan later joined the
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