CIM 2017 Distinguished Service Medal Award for meritorious service to the Institute or the mineral industry went to Professor Faramarz (Ferri) Hassani for his long-standing contribution to CIM as a council member and president. However, the best description of his contribution was the one provided by the presenter of the award.
He called Hassani a passionate driver of the road through excellence. Mine & Business Today is honored to present the first interview with him after receiving the prestigious award.

Deputy Minister and Chairman of the Board of Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO), Mehdi Karbasian, maintains that rapid technological changes suggest essential needs in mining and its associated industries, and ultimately lead us to acquire up-to-date knowledge in the exploration, extraction and processing fields.
He emphasized that the reserves of the main open-pit mines in Iran are coming to an end shortly, so underground mine is the only available choice for the time being. According to him, achieving major goals such as the 55mt of steel and 440,000t of copper have highlighted the issue of reliable mineral resources. He also referred to the technologies introduced by foreign consultants to the country's mining industry in recent years, particularly after the agreement between the E3/EU+3 and Iran on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).



 Iran and Finland have formed a close relationship. Enjoying the abundant energy and great access to the open sea, Iran has created considerable opportunities for cooperation with developed countries. Finland, as quoted by its ambassador in Tehran, is a technology-driven country and has focused on multilateral cooperation with Iran.
In an interview with Mine and Business Today Magazine, Excellency Mr. Harri Kämäräinen, Ambassador of Finland to Iran emphasizes that the approaches of Finland are non-bureaucratic.
«It is like ice hockey, fast and flexible». The interview was conducted aiming to discuss cooperation opportunities in the fields of mines and mining industries. However, the other issues presented can be of great importance to businessmen.


Interview with Hamed Soltani-Nejad
Managing Director of Iran’s Mercantile Exchange




A fresh variety in newly-developed business contracts is a chance Iran Mercantile Exchange (IME) is making use of in a post-sanction context to expand its interaction with international markets. The total value of IME deals in the first ten months of the Iranian calendar year (March 2016-January 2017) exceeded 15 billion dollars, while aluminum suppliers had no share in the deals. The IME’s Managing Director, Hamed Soltani-Nejad believes that the basic infrastructure has been laid for greater international exchange and that will be put into practice once currency clearance issues are resolved.


Behrouz Borna, Deputy of Geological Survey & Mineral Explorations of Iran (GSI) holds that Iran’s iron ore reserves is sufficient to meet the demands of Iran Steel Comprehensive Plan, thus achieving 55mt steel capacity is feasible.
In an interview with Mine and Business Today, he referred to the widespread distribution of iron mines in Iran covering a vast geographical area.
He emphasized that the amount of newly explored reserves is reported based on the international standards.


Senior Vice President of Outotec in the Middle East and India, Petri Moilanen, in an interview with Mine and Business Today discussed the company’s development plan in expanding relations with Iran.
Outotec is determined to boost its presence in Iran’s mining and industrial sector while the competitors are entering into the country’s market.
He also stressed that the official office of Outotec is opened in Iran and the company is investigating to build service capability in Iran through carefully selected service and technical supply partners.
Moilanen believes that due to its position, Iran has the potential to turn into a hub in the Middle East and even to become one of the main players in the field of minerals and metals at the world level. Mine and Business Today conducted an interview with him during his visit to Tehran.