History and Background

The IORA Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (IORA RCSTT, formerly IOR-ARC RCSTT) was established on 28 October 2008 pursuant to the recommendation of Academic Group of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA, formerly IOR-ARC), approved in the 7th meeting of the IORA Council of Ministers, held on 7-8 March, 2007 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, and MOU dated 23 June 2008 between Islamic Republic of Iran and the IORA Secretariat.
It is headquartered in Tehran, and hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran through the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology-the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology. IORA RCSTT which has the status of the subsidiary body of the IORA functioning under the authority of IORA secretariat and the IORA Council of Ministers and shall have the status of an intergovernmental regional organization, with duties and privileges equivalent to those of a UN mission in Islamic Republic of Iran.