A panel of teachers and experts from the Electronic Operation Team of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Technology and Innovation Cooperation Center of Iran’s Presidential Office, visited MAPNA Electric & Control Engineering & Manufacturing Co. to become familiar with its capabilities and products as well as its research projects, development programs, educational simulators and local FCS/DCS automation and process control systems.
Deputy Director of the Electronic Operation Team of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies described the goal of the visit as the recognition of brands or companies operating in the field of electronics and added, “As the government, we seek to recognize successful companies in this field and identify their problems in order to conduct the country’s policies, strategies, and programs in line with the organization and improvement of e-business in Iran”.
Dr. Pourfard described the management of directing Iranian brand names as the major issue in this regard and stated, “The number of brand companies or companies with a potential to become brand names is very low”. He named the Mapna Group as one of these few brand names. The Electronic Operation Team (as a government agent) looks at it from two perspectives: top down, or communication with the Group’s senior managers, and bottom up, or communication with the Group’s subsidiaries that fits into highly specialized contexts.
He categorized the objective of the visit to MECO into the latter perspective and stated, “We need to recognize MECO so that we can use various tools and suitable data to change the orientation toward national objectives. This means that we can design a win-win game in which the companies find an opportunity to advance themselves and at the same time the country benefits from the tax paid by companies, from attracting professional human resources, and from global markets to which Iran can export.
Then, MECO’s market development manager pointed to different conflicting responsible cores in the government and the gradual disappearance of domestic producers under the supportive policies of Chambers of Commerce for the producers active in the field of research and development, which often produce more high quality products than imported goods, and called for the government’s establishment of supportive policies for the MAPCS system and other products of this kind. By pointing out the features of this system, he added: We have a unique product that can be an honor for our country if it is protected rightfully and it can be a benefit for other companies as well.
Then, production units, testing units, R&D laboratory and electronic board production lines were visited by the delegation.
After visiting the MAPCS system, a full description of the hardware, the software and system benefits was delivered in the form of a specialized presentation. The certificates obtained for the products of this system were presented besides answering the questions posed at the end of the presentation.