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Karbasian Appointed New IMIDRO Chief

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2016/01/05Date:

“If the required liquidity was not provided for the seven steel projects, grounds could be prepared for the presence of the private sector.”
Changes in the top management of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade in the first step began with the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) when Dr. Mahdi Karbasian was appointed Deputy Industry Minister and director of IMIDRO.
The Iranian Mines and Mining Development and Renovation Organization is among development organizations which has gone through many changes in recent years in its top managerial level; changes which have caused problems in the way of implementation of anticipated plans for the organization and delayed the projects under implementation.
Now with the coming into power of the new government, this organization too witnessed some changes.             Dr. Karbasian has worked as Managing Director of the Social Security Organization (SSO) in Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s government, has been a member in the High Council of Social Security and First Deputy Economy Minister in the government of Mohammad Khatami. He has also served as Chairman of Board of Directors of Retirement and Welfare Funds of the oil industry staff. Membership in the World Badminton Federation and Chairmanship of the Federation are among interesting points in the work record of the new IMIDRO chief. However, no experience is seen in his long work record in the field of mines so that the new IMIDRO head postponed elaboration on his new working environment to another time.
When introducing Dr. Karbasian as the new IMIDRO director, the Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh urged him to work on elimination of barriers in the way of the private sector in the mining sector, increase export of cement and implement seven steel related projects. Some of these projects have not been finalized despite numerous changes in the top management of the organization in recent years. Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade promised that with the appointment of the new IMIDRO head he would make efforts to find the required mechanisms to accelerate the process of activities at the organization.
The Minister noted: “If the required liquidity was not provided for the seven steel projects, grounds could be prepared for the presence of the private sector. The experience of absorbing $1 billion in the past for petrochemical projects shows that $200 million could be absorbed for each of the steel projects.” He also stressed on prioritization of the projects for implementation.
Nematzadeh underlined the need for achieving export of 50 million tons of cement as an idea and noted: “Export of copper and aluminum should be higher than the current rate.” According to the official, all energy consuming industries should be considered priorities of the country and gas export should be replaced by copper, aluminum and cement exports. Therefore, he added, the private sector would find a better area for performance.
Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade also called on Karbasian, the new IMIDRO chief to consider certain points, including removal of obstacles on the way of presence of the private sector in the mining section and plans for export of 50 million tons of cement annually. He pointed to the cases stipulated in the appointment decree of the chairman of IMIDRO executive board and said it has been mentioned there that the organization plays an effective role in development of industrial and mining plans which also necessitates strengthening of the presence of the private sector in the organization.
The Minister also urged the new IMIDRO head to pay special attention to export of mineral products while providing the resources by giving priority to different mining plans. Because, he said the iron ore should not be exported as raw material at present time.
Emphasizing that in future the country should be able to export copper, aluminum, steel and other mineral substances, Nematzadeh said: “All energy consuming industries should be considered the wealth of the country and we can export them to the neighboring countries by making investment in the southern coasts of the country.”