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Publish Date : - 2024/2/20
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During a meeting hosted by Razi Institute between AREEO and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Malaysia, both parties underscored the importance of mutual and collaborative partnerships.

Dr. Mojtaba Khayam Nekouei, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad, and President of AREEO expressed gratitude to all the guests for their presence at the meeting hosted by Razi Institute. He also commended Razi institute for its warm hospitality and highlighted the potential for new horizons in commercial and scientific collaborations between the two countries.

Dr. Khayam Nekouei emphasized that vaccine production is a key area of cooperation with Malaysia, noting that the country currently imports vaccines for livestock and poultry from various sources. During the Minister of Agriculture's visit to Razi Institute, a letter of intention was signed to establish vaccine production lines in Malaysia with the involvement of the government and private sector. This initiative aims to enhance self-sufficiency in vaccine production and strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations.

Dr. Khayam Nekouei highlighted the collaboration in vaccine production during previous meeting with the Minister of Agriculture in Kuala Lumpur. He emphasized the potential for cooperation between the two countries in the areas of vaccine production, agricultural research, aquaculture, tropical fruits, and rice. Furthermore, Dr. Khayam Nekouei elaborated on the activities, achievements, products, and challenges of the Iran Ministry of Agriculture-Jahad through a comprehensive presentation.

The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security of Malaysia, Dr. Seri Haji Mohamad bin Sabu, expressed gratitude to all the guests and conveyed his hope for enhanced collaboration between Iranian scientists and Malaysian researchers. He envisioned a future where both sides could broaden their interaction and communication, particularly in the areas of vaccine production, food security, and agriculture. Dr. Sabu emphasized the importance of fruitful cooperation between the Malaysian Agricultural Research Organization and the Institute of Agricultural Research, Education, and Promotion of Iran.

Dr. Sabu also expressed admiration for the research infrastructure in Iran, noting its excellence compared to other countries he has visited. He praised the resilience of Iranian researchers, highlighting their dedication to continuing research activities even in the face of sanctions. He underscored, "Despite the sanctions imposed on Iran by western countries over the past 40 years, Iran has successfully developed modern research infrastructures. The unwavering dedication of Iranian scientists and researchers has ensured that their activities continue uninterrupted."

The Malaysian Minister of Agriculture expressed contentment with the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Iran and Malaysia. He highlighted that the agreements signed between the research organizations of both countries serve as a foundation for collaboration and expressed optimism about leveraging the advancements in infrastructure in Iran.

During the visit of the Malaysian Minister of Agriculture to Razi Institute, Dr. Ali Es-haghi, Director-General of RVSRI, emphasized, "This meeting aligns with the government's overarching policies to enhance engagement with African and Asian nations. It serves as a strategic platform for technology transfer and the export of biological products and vaccines from Razi Institute to Malaysia."

He added: "Considering that Malaysia meets its vaccine needs through imports, this meeting provides a suitable ground for increasing exports of our country's vaccine products to this Islamic country." Expressing the importance of adhering to halal standards in the production of biological products notably Malaysia and Indonesia, Dr. Es-haghi prioritize the use of halal ingredients in vaccines and biological products; as all the vaccines manufactured at Razi Institute adhere to these standards, they are ideal for export to these nations."

The Director-General of Razi Institute also highlighted the institute's reputation on the international stage, stating, "Razi Institute enjoys widespread recognition beyond Iran, particularly among established vaccine manufacturers. Leveraging this advantageous position and the institute's exceptional capabilities can significantly strengthen our nation's collaborations and diplomatic ties with other countries."

Enumerating vaccine and biological product exports along with technology transfer as promising avenues for cooperative advancement, Dr. Es-haghi expressed, "Razi Institute stands prepared to collaborate with diverse nations, including Malaysia, in technology transfer endeavors.

Expounding on the ample capabilities of Razi Institute, he remarked, "Few institutions worldwide can match the diverse range of activities, wealth of valuable expertise, and myriad capacities which are housed within Razi Institute”.

Dr. Es-haghi also mentioned the annual production rate of this institute, which exceeds three and a half million doses of various medical and veterinary vaccines (for livestock and poultry), and announced the readiness of this complex to increase production in the coming year.

At the conclusion of the meeting, a letter of intention was signed between the two parties in order to expand cooperation in the field of joint research projects between the two countries.

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