Skill Diplomacy: Sharing experiences, Friendly Skills Competition, Joint Skills Academy, Online Workshops, Skill Certificates Recognition



 Announced at the World Cooperative Congress:

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate with the countries of the region in the field of technical, vocational and skills training in cooperative area.


Deputy Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare and president of Technical and Vocational Training Organization of Iran, Dr. Gholamhossein Hosseininia, said in December 2021, in his speech at the World Cooperative Congress: The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to share its experiences in the field of cooperatives and collaborate with the countries of the region in providing technical, vocational and skill training to cooperatives.

Dr. Hosseininia stated that the COVID 19 epidemic has revealed deep and structural inequalities, disrupted the lives of billions of people and endangered the global economy. Under these conditions, cooperative identity and business model can lead to a fair recovery from COVID 19.

Special role of cooperatives in Iran's medium- to long-term growth strategies

He added: "The Islamic Republic of Iran has recognized the capacities of cooperatives, even before the COVID 19 epidemic, considering that sustainable and inclusive economic growth through the cooperative sector can lead to progress, decent job creation for all and improving living standards; and has considered cooperatives in its medium- to long-term growth strategies."

Dr. Hosseininia said: "The Iranian government, within the framework of the Iranian economic system, which consists of three sectors: public, private and cooperative, has set the agenda for a supportive policy and a legal framework, which is consistent with the nature and performance of cooperatives."

The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the activities of cooperatives for the benefit of deprived areas of the country

Referring to the Iranian government's support for the activities of cooperatives that meet the results of specific social and public policies, such as promoting employment or developing activities that benefit disadvantaged groups or regions, he added: "These measures include tax benefits, loans, financial aid, access to public works schedules and special support regulations."

The International Cooperative Alliance can facilitate the expansion of international collaboration of cooperatives and the development of the cooperative model.

Emphasizing that cooperatives are powerful tools for people-centered and better reconstruction, he suggested that the International Cooperative Alliance can share the initiatives and community-based achievements of cooperatives with countries and facilitate expansion of international cooperatives collaboration and cooperative model.

He also stressed that in order to realize the fifth principle, cooperatives should put education and information on the agenda and provide the necessary initiatives for the general public and young people regarding the nature and benefits of cooperatives, especially in crises.

Deputy Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare and president of the Technical and Vocational Training Organization, has participated in the World Cooperative Congress in South Korea at the invitation of the International Cooperative Alliance.


December 06, 2021




Iran and Russia expand cooperation in technical and vocational trainings


Technical and Vocational Training Organization of Iran (TVTO) will expand cooperation with Skills Development Agency of the Russian Federation (Skills Russia).

TVTO of Iran hosted The webinar “Iran-Russia Joint Meeting on Skill Training, Training of Trainers and Skill Competition” on October 12, 2021.

Representatives from Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare and Russian embassy in Tehran attended the meeting.   

Deputy Minister and President of TVTO, Dr. Gholamhossein Hosseininia appreciated the earlier collaboration between the parties.

TVTO and Skills Russia started their cooperation in 2016 by holding friendly skills competitions and preparing their competitors for World Skills Competitions.  

Director General of Skills Russia, Robert Orazov suggested that the two parties can recognize skill Certificates to pave the way for workforce movement.

He invited Iran to participate in the Eurasia Skills Competition which is held for skilled workers (up to the age of 28) as well as the Youth Skills Competition.


TVTO and Skills Russia agreed to work on the following subjects:  

•      Exchanging their experiences in training of trainers, experts and managers;

•      Holding friendly skills competition and preparation camp for World Skills Shanghai 2022;

•      Establishing Iran-Russia Future Skills Academy in Instructor Training Center (ITC);

•      Holding both offline and online training workshops and seminars


       October 12, 2021   



Skill diplomacy and developing the relations with foreign partners are among high priorities for TVTO


A webinar was held between Technical and Vocational Training Organization of Iran(TVTO) and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India(EDII) on 21st Sep 2021 to share views on developing bilateral cooperation.

In this virtual meeting, Deputy Minister and President of TVTO, Dr. Gholamhossein Hosseininia and Director General of EDII, Dr. Sunil Shuklaexchanged comments. Dr. Shukla, appreciated the decade-long collaboration.

According to Dr. Hosseininia, Iran has great potentials of knowledge and research in entrepreneurship which can open new opportunities for effective cooperation between the two parties. Rich plans have been set up for cooperation between TVTO & EDII.  

He said, “to begin this, it is necessary to operationalize the plans and roadmaps. TVTO is to utilize all of its potentials like Ministry of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare, Instructor Training Center(ITC) and other related organizations.”

Holding mutual workshops, providing consulting services on small businesses and training visits can be the fields of collaboration.


Sep 22, 2021




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