The Study on "Nanotechnology Progress in ECO Region" conducted by the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council was formally released at a ceremony on 22 January 2017 in Tehran attended by high ranking officials and ambassadors from Member States and ECO Secretary General. The website of the ECO Nanotechnology Network (http://www.econano.org) was also launched at the same event.
The programme was hosted by Dr. Saeed Sarkar, Secretary General of the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council of Iran. The event was jointly opened by statements made by Dr. Sarkar and H.E. Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akca, ECO Secretary General.
ECO Secretary General in his opening remarks emphasized that nanotechnology is one of the highest technologies of today's world that is transforming the world by inventing and producing new materials which are non-existent naturally. He also overviewed the history of the ECO Nanotechnology Network and admired the release of the Study as an important step towards implementation of the Project. He described the ECO Nanotechnology Network (ECONAN) as a great capacity in ECO Region for development and promotion of high technologies which ultimately will benefit the people of Member States and help improve the quality of life. He expressed hope that all Member States will join the Project.
It is to be reminded that the project of establishment of ECO Nanotechnology Network was proposed by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2007 which includes as first steps, conducting the above study and launching the website.
The participants in the ceremony also visited the exhibition of Iran Nanotechnology Achievements which showcased number of nanotech products and applications.