The Law of The Islamic Republic of Iran Chamber Of Commerce, Industries and Mines
Approved on 6 March 1991 with the Amendments of 6 December 1994
Article 1: To help the laying of grounds for the growth and expansion of the country's economy, exchange of ideas and expression of opinions by industrial, mineral, agricultural and commercial managers, The IR of ICCIM in hereby established by virtue of the functions and powers set out in this law.
Article 2: The ICCIM is a non-profit making institute with juridical personality and financial independence.
Article 3: The center of the ICCIM which is hereafter called Iran Chamber in this Law shall be situated in the city of Tehran.
Article 4: The scope of activity of a provincial chamber is limited to the boundaries as laid down in the law of the National Geographic Division, and each provincial chamber enjoys juridical personality and shall be independent in its financial and administrative affairs according to the respective regulations.
Note 1: At last 50 members are needed for establishment of a provincial Chambers.
Note 2: Tehran, like other provinces, shall have an independent chamber and its scope of activity and domain of functions will be similar to those of the other chambers.
Note 3: The manner and amount of the Iran Chamber's financial contribution to the provincial chambers shall be subject to the approval of the Iran chamber Board of Directors.
Duties and authorities
Article 5.The duties and authorities of the ICCIM are as follows:
A. Creating coordination and cooperation among the businessmen, industrial, mineral, and agricultural entrepreneurs in enforcing the related laws and current regulations of the country.
B. offering consultive opinions to the Legislative, Judiciary and Executive powers regarding the economic issues such as commerce, industry, mining, and etc.
C. Cooperation with the executive agencies and other concerned authorities to execute the laws and rules relating to the chamber.
D.Communication with the chambers of other countries and establishing Joint Chambers and commissions with them based on the strategic policies of the IR of Iran.
E.Holding specialized and commercial exhibitions inside and outside the country with the approval of the Ministry of Commerce and participation in the seminars and conferences relating to the chamber's commercial,industrial,mineral and agricultural activities in the framework of the policies of the IR of Iran.
F.Trying to survey the foreign markets for Iranian export goods and encouraging and helping the related entities to participate in the commercial fairs inside and outside the country.
G.Encouraging domestic investment in production affairs, especially production of export goods with competitive advantage.
H.Endeavoring to survey and arbitrate the national and international issues which may arise between the members or other applicants through the establishment of the Iran Chamber Arbitration Center on the basis of an article of association which will be prepared by the judiciary Power and shall be approved by the Islamic Consultative Assembly(Majlis).
I. To create and manages the economic statistics and Information Center for completing the tasks and activities of the chamber.
J.Issuing membership cards in accordance with the by-law of the Iran Chamber to complete the documents required for issuance of commercial cards.
K.Establishing export and import unions and manufacturing syndicates in the areas of commercial, industrial, mineral, and services activities
According to the relevant regulations.
L.Holding applied courses in commercial, industrial, mines and services based on the national requirements.
M. Supply, issuance, settlement and certification of documents which are assigned to the Iran chamber by virtue of international rules, in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce.
N.Establishing joint chambers with friendly countries in coordination with the ministries of Commerce and Foreign Affairs.
Bodies of Iran Chamber
Article 6: The bodies of the Iran Chamber are as follows:
A: The Supreme Supervisory Council
B: The Board of Delegates
C: The Board of Directors
Article 7: The bodies of the provincial chambers are as follows:
A: The Board of Delegates
B: The board of Directors
Article 8: The supreme supervisory council consists of the following persons:
Ministers of commerce , Economic affairs and finance , Industries , Mines and Metals Agriculture , the chief of the Standard Institute , The president and two vice-presidents of the Iran Chamber, The minister of commerce act as the chairman of the supreme supervisory council.
Article 9: The duties of the supreme supervisory council are as follows:
A: Reviewing and approving the by-law regarding the membership in each of the chambers and determination of its limits upon the proposal of the board of directors.
B: Policy-making and determination of the general policies of the chamber and supreme supervision of the suitable implementation of the same in the framework of the relevant laws and regulations.
C: Consider the proposals and complaints of the chambers regarding the quality of their activities and methods for improvement of the affairs.
D: Dissolute the chambers according to the Article 10.
E: Appoint the provisional board of directors for a 3-month period for the chambers which are not able to accomplish their duties and at the same time announcing the date of holding a new election.
F: Hear the report about the performance of the Iran Chamber and take decisions on the views presented by it.
Note 1: The supervisory council holds session at least twice a year. The manner of holding the sessions and achieving a quorum will be outlined in a by-law that will be approved by the supreme supervisory council.
Note 2: Instances and conditions of the annulment of chamber membership will be according to the by-law which the board of directors will recommend to the supreme supervisory council for approval.
Article 10: The chambers shall be dissolved permanently or temporary by the declaration of the supreme supervisory council on the following reasons:
1. Losing the minimum members needed.
2. Failure of the members to put up themselves as candidates and refusal to undertake responsibilities at the chamber.
Note: By the declaration of dissolution released by the supreme supervisory council a board of 3 members will be appointed by the council to decide regarding the assets and financial undertakings of the chamber in question, according to a by-law which will be approved by the council and also based on the current laws about the winding up of companies.
Board of Representatives
Article 11: The Board of Representatives of Iran Chamber consists of the elected members of the country's chambers and representatives of the unions and syndicates affiliated to the Iran Chamber.
Note1.At the first meeting, the related chamber's board of representatives will be elected for a period of 4 years and will be introduced to the Iran Chamber.
Note 2.Any chamber which has less than 150 members will have one representative for each 100 members.
Note 3.Of each union and syndicate affiliated to the Iran Chamber one representative will be elected and introduced.
Note 4.Membership of the Iran Chamber Board of Representatives is honorary.
Article 12: The number of members of the Tehran Chamber Board of Representatives is 60 who are elected for a period of 4 years as follows:
20 persons appointed by the Ministers consisting 10 persons from the Ministry of commerce , 8 persons from the Ministry of Industries , and 2 persons from the Ministry of Mines & Metals. 40 persons elected from the members of the Tehran Chamber consisting of 20 persons from the commerce sector, 16 persons are from the Industry sector, and 4 persons from the mining sector.
Article 13: The number of the board of representatives of other provincial Chambers are 15 persons of whom 6 persons are from the Commerce sector ,6 persons from the Industry sector ,and 3 persons from the Mining sector of the relevant chamber who shall be elected for a term of 4 years.
Note. If a sector has no candidate for membership, the required number will be elected from among the candidates of other sectors.
Article 14: For membership in each chamber, having a valid membership card from the relevant chamber is needed.
Article 15: Election of each chamber hold in one day and the nationwide election of the country shall be finished during one month.
Note 1.Two months before the end of the current period of the
Board of representatives, the Iran chamber is obliged to hold the elections for next period.
Note 2. For holding the elections of representatives of the Tehran Chamber and the provinces, an election Supervision Commission shall be constituted consisting of one representative from the Ministry of Commerce appointed by the Minister, and 4 representatives from the Iran Chamber appointed by the president of the chamber.
The commission, for holding the elections of the provincial Chambers, will form a board of not less than 3 persons including of one representative from the Ministry of Commerce, and the rest from among the respected members of the related provincial chamber. The mentioned board through publishing a notice in one of the mass-circulation newspapers will notify the members of the related Chambers of the date and duration and conditions of the elections.
Article 16: The duties and powers of the Iran Chamber Board of Representatives shall be as follows:
A. Appointment of the Board of Directors.
B. Surveying, approving and appropriation of the chamber budget.
C. Reviewing and commenting on the reports and the suggestions of the commissions and other units of the Chamber and taking decisions on the same within the limits of the powers granted.
D. Establishment of the advisory commissions in numbers required and election of their members from among the representatives.
E. providing and recommending by-laws of this Law to the Supreme Supervisory Council for decision at most during 2 months after the formation of the Iran Chamber as well as recommending subsequent amendments to be made to the by-laws with observation of note 2 of Article 15.
Board of Directors
Article 17: The Board of Directors of the Iran Chamber consists of 7 members and the board of directors of each provincial Chamber has 5 members who will be elected for 4 years at the first meeting of the Board of Representatives.
Article 18: For managing the executive affairs of the Chamber on the basis of the related laws and regulations and by-laws, the President of the Chamber proposes to the board of Directors a person as Secretary General who, upon the Board's approval and under the supervision of the president, will perform his duties.
Article 19: The duties and powers of the Iran Chamber Board of Directors shall be as follows:
A. Enforcement of the resolutions of the Supreme Supervisory Council
and the Board of Representatives.
Previewing and confirming the suggestions and reports of the Chamber's Commissions and presenting them to the Board of Representatives and the Supreme Supervisory Council.
C. Appointing the representatives of the Chamber for participating in domestic & international gatherings and determination of the scope of their duties, activities and approval of the related expenses.
D. Examining, approving and appropriating the annual budget prepared by the Secretary General, and recommending it to the Board of Representatives for approval.
Article 20: The duties and powers of the Board of Directors of the provincial Chambers shall be as follows:
A. Reviewing and confirming the suggestions and reports of the Commissions and presenting the same to the board of representatives.
B.Appointment of the representatives of the provincial Chambers for participating in domestic official gatherings.
C. Reviewing the annual budget and the budget appropriation report and presenting it to the Board of Representatives for approval.
Article 21: Revenue of the Iran Chamber shall be provided from the following sources:
A. Annual membership fees based on the by-law which, upon the recommendation of the Board of Directors, shall be approved by the Board of Representatives.
B. Implementation for the law on the manner of meeting the expenses of the IR of ICCIM approved on 2 November 1993.
Article 22: The Chamber revenues shall be expended in accordance with the Board of Representatives will approve upon the recommendation of the Board of Directors.
Articles 23: In all the laws and regulations wherein Tehran Chamber is mentioned, the Iran Chamber will replace them.
Article 24: The enforceable by-laws of this law at the national scale as well as the general rules and regulations governing the duties and powers of the provincial Chambers or the Board of Representatives of the Iran Chamber and the Decisions which are thus approved, shall all be imperative on the Board of Directors and other Bodies.
Article 25: All the assets, moveable and immovable properties, liabilities and debts of the ICCIM shall be transferred to the Iran Chamber.
Article 26: As from the date of approval of this law, all contradictory laws shall be cancelled and the new elections of the Chambers will be carried out on the basis of this Law.