IT Park, Kazan-PITB’s PlanX-ITU Sign MOU to Expand Technology-Education Cooperation
The Republic of Tatarstan’s State Autonomous Institution IT-Park, Kazan, a technology park that supports innovative companies at the early stage of development and provides opportunities for the creation and development of numerous IT companies in the Russian Federation, Pakistan’s Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB)’s Center for Entrepreneurship PlanX and Information Technology University (ITU) signed a Memorandum of Understand (MOU) here today to explore the possibility of the joint startups, exchange program of startups and mentors and innovations development process in Russian Federation and Pakistan. This Memorandum reflects the mutual consent of both parties to promote and encourage the development of technologies, as well as bilateral trade and investment relations. On this occasion President Republic of Tatarstan H.E Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov, Deputy Minister of ICT of Tatarstan, Mr. Azat Mubarakshin, CEO of IT Park, Kazan Mr. Anton Grachev, members of visiting delegation and the Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and founding Vice Chancellor of ITU Dr. Umar Saif were also present.
The MoU primarily covers the areas of cooperation in Information sharing and technology collaboration through technology transfer, investment, bilateral contacts and partnership development between startups and IT companies of both sides, encouragement of innovative industries of economy in both countries through joint ventures or technology cooperation or training and infrastructure support of the innovative enterprises at early stages of development.
Joint development of educational and acceleration programs through incubator/accelerator partnerships between both entities, student exchange partnership between ITU Kazan and ITU Punjab Pakistan, support in the exploration and implementation of Kazan’s e-education system for emulation in Pakistan, development and realization of concrete actions and development and implementation of specific events are the other important areas under the MoU. Mr. Anton Grahev Director IT Park, Kazan and Ms. Hafsa Shorish Director PlanX signed the MoU on behlf of the respective entities. This Memorandum of Understanding is subject to a periodical evaluation by representatives of both parties annually.
Dr. Umar Saif gave a detailed briefing to the distinguished guest regarding eLearn, eVaccs, Citizen Feedback Monitoring Program and other projects undertaken by PITB and said that under the principles of friendship and cooperation, the IT Park and PlanX would share the common desire to expand and deepen their friendly ties of economy and technology cooperation. President Republic of Tatarstan H.E Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov said that Pakistan being ahead in IT could benefit Tatarstan through Pakistan’s experience and exchange of IT experts, students and the replica of the projects. Pakistan could help Tatarstan to establish Islamic research center for education and Islamic banking while visa facilities would be extended to accomplish the task, added Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov.
President Republic of Tatarstan H.E Mr. Rustam Minnikhanov and Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board Dr. Umar Saif exchanging souvenirs at the end of the visit of the distinguished guest on March 18, 2017