Iran Central Chamber of Cooperatives

Furthermore, the Chamber of Cooperatives operates beyond national borders in the field of trade and facilitating business interactions among traders, farmers, and merchants with other countries.
At the present time and after about 18 year, ICC the apex people based non-governmental cooperative organization with more than 150000 cooperative societies under its umbrella and plays and important role in the Iranian economy.

Duties and Authorities

1. To perform duties and responsibilities of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries & Mine in the Cooperative Sector including:
Enhancement of coordination and cooperation among traders, craftsmen and merchants in the field of cooperative industries, mine and agriculture to enforce cooperative law and regulations;

Acting as a consultative body with regard to the relevant bills and action plans;
Working with the Ministry of Cooperatives and other administrative organizations and officials to implement relevant rules and regulations;

Association with the cooperative chamber of other countries, establishment of joint chambers and committees according to the general national policies;

Organizing seminars and conferences and participating in such events;

Promoting Iranian export commodities overseas; encouraging and assisting affiliated enterprises to participate in domestic and foreign trade fairs;

Advocating and encouraging home investment in production of goods, particularly certain export items;

Settlement of national and international trade issues of the members through the Chamber Arbitration Board with regard to the rules and regulations;

Creation and administration of the Economic Data Bank to fulfill Chamber’s duties;

Issuing Membership Card based on Chamber’s By-law.
2. To create sense of coordination and cooperation among other cooperative chambers; to play their role in case of non-establishment or inactivity; to vest its authority in them as specified.

Note- the Central Chamber of Cooperatives may undertake some duties and responsibilities of other cooperative chambers for a certain period of time and/or vest its authorities and duties in them for an specified timetable.
3. To carry out required coordination, cooperation and assistance for enhancing cooperative joint ventures and transactions.

4. To render arbitration services within the scope of cooperative activities in order to establish peace between cooperatives and members.

5. To present various services such as consultation, expertise, technical assistance, publications and … required by member coops.

6. To conduct cooperative training and technical courses; to work in partnership with Ministry of Cooperatives and concerning organizations; to establish training institutions and centers when needed.

7. To initiate relations and cooperation with Cooperative Fund to link it with the cooperative societies, particularly to collect 4% cooperative education fee and to pay and receive loans and other facilities.

Place in the Economic Assemblies and Supreme Councils

Money & Credit Council
Non-Oil Export Promotion Supreme Council
Securities & Exchange Council
Anti Smuggling Committee
Headquarter of Foreign Economic Relations Coordination
Iran-Iraq Economic Cooperation High Commission
Policy Making Council of Iran Trade Promotion Organization
General Assembly of Iran International Trade Fair Co.
Complaint Settlement Board
Top Exporters Nomination Committee
Exhibition License Issuance & Evaluation Committee
Value-Added Export Goods & Services Assessment Board
Cooperatives Tax Settlement Board
Article-5 Commissions ( Member of Supervisory Group for Cooperative Election, Board Competency Assessment Commission, and Cooperative Societies & Unions Board of Inspection)
Thematic Committees
The Chamber of Cooperatives has established economic, trade and cultural committees in order to develop relations between traders, merchants, and production & service sectors with other sectors. There is a committee for each sub-sector, which is supported by ICC:
Producer, Industrial & Mine Cooperatives Committee
Transportation Committee
Housing, Technical & Engineering Committee
Carpet & Handicrafts Committee
Consumer, Credits & Services Committee
Agriculture, Food / Processing Industries, and fisheries Committee
Non-Oil Export Promotion Committee
Committee on Cooperative Research, Productivity & Education

The Role and duties of each committee is as follows:

a)  The Agriculture Committee aims at strengthening activities of agriculture cooperatives, solving the problems of this sector and seeking the ways of export promotion. The population of cooperative membership related to this thematic committee is around seven millions.
b)  The objectives of Transportation Committee include organizing economic activities of transport cooperatives, formulation of economic activities of this sector, revision of by-laws, research on road/ urban/ marine transportation, and seeking methods of strengthening cooperatives. About 900 cooperative societies and 130,000 members are covered by transport cooperative unions. Currently, seven transport cooperative unions are working on cargo and passenger transportation.
c)  The Carpet & Handicrafts Committee promotes export of the sector, underlining national capabilities for design and production of carpets and handicrafts, foreign marketing, quality and quantity development, carpet and non-oil production. This thematic committee has 330,000 members.
d)  The Housing, Technical & Engineering Committee aims at connecting housing cooperatives to one another and creating unity in their performances and services. Currently, it has more than 125,000 members.
e)  The Consumer and Services Committee have been designed for organizing and integrating consumer services targeted at average social classes. Its membership exceeds five million individuals.
f)  The Committee on Research, Productivity & Education has started with providing cooperative societies and unions with updated and new information and research outcomes, benefiting from latest educational and informative cooperative achievements.
g)  The Industry & Mine Committee’s scope of activities is so significant and all-encompassing. It aims at integrating industrial activities, enhancement of production and further achievements in the field of industry and mine, as well as ensuring adaptation of international standards.
h)  The Non-Oil Export Promotion Committee has initiated its job upon emphasis by the government for boosting non-oil exports, eliminating export/import entanglements, and revising custom’s rules. The committee continues working on expansion of non-oil export.

International Relations

The importance of interaction with the world economy, easing cooperative export process for target countries and developing relations with overseas cooperatives have motivated Central Chamber of Cooperatives to set the following goals through appropriate mechanisms:
- To maintain its active membership in the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA)
- To act as a catalyst for promotion of non-oil export
- To organize national and international exhibitions
- To establish, maintain and strengthen relations with cooperative organizations in other countries especially ICA member organizations
- To fulfill Millennium Development Goals (MDG)

Membership in National Councils
The Chamber of Cooperatives is currently a permanent and active member of national councils and assemblies including:
-         Money & Credit Council
-         Non-Oil Export Promotion Supreme Council
-         Securities & Exchange Council
-         Anti Smuggling Committee
-         Headquarter of Foreign Economic Relations Coordination
-         Iran-Iraq Economic Cooperation High Commission
-         Policy Making Council of Iran Trade Promotion Organization
-         General Assembly of Iran International Trade Fair Company
-         Complaint Settlement Board
-         Top Exporter Nomination Committee
-         Value-Added Export Goods & Services Assessment & License Issuance Board
-         Cooperatives Tax Settlement Board
-         Article-5 Commission (Member of Supervisory Group for Cooperative Election, Board Competency Assessment Commission, and Cooperative Societies & Unions Board of Inspectors)
-         Arbitration Committee of national Development Plan Article-20
-         Export & Import Provisions Article(1) Commission
-         Carpet Board
-         Export Commodity Pricing Board
* The Chamber of Cooperatives actively participates in the economic joint commissions with other countries. It facilitates effective presence of cooperative sector in national and international trade fairs as well as organizing various technical exhibitions in and out of the country. Chamber of Cooperatives is a member of International Cooperative Alliance (ICA).

General Policies
To develop cooperative sector within the framework of objectives and guidelines set in Article (44) of the Constitutional Law, communicated in decree by the Great Leader, and the provisions of Article (102) of the 4th Economic, Social & Cultural Development Plan and 20- Year Prospect of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Central Chamber of Cooperatives maintains to accomplish the following objectives:
 Reviving cooperative chambers at provincial level to take part in organizing regional conferences and training workshops;
 Encouraging cooperative unions to involve in economic activities;
 Developing provincial cooperative chambers
 Conducting technical training course for cooperative directors and staffs;
 Attending meetings held by relevant councils, commissions and committees;
 Co-working on revision of cooperative law and regulation;
 Supporting the key position of arbitration in the chamber of cooperatives for settlement of cooperative issues;
 Developing partnership between Chamber of Cooperatives and Cooperative Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly( Parliament);
 Working on establishment of holistic Cooperatives;
 Building up share of cooperative sector in national economy up to 25% by the end of the 5th Development Plan through leading role of Cooperative Ministry;
 Establishment of new cooperatives to create productive employment stipulated in Paragraph 2, Article (44) of the Constitutional Law.

The following programs are ICC’s coop priorities:

 Establishment of cooperatives for university graduates,  as well as service, consultative and export cooperatives;
 Holding exhibitions aimed at introducing capabilities of cooperative sector in and out of country;
 Attracting support and donations for dynamic presence of cooperatives in national and international cooperatives;
 Creating trade zones in target economies, particularly in African countries;
 Paving the ground for cooperative export promotion;
 Cooperation among cooperatives and taking advantage of their potentials such as organizing permanent exhibitions through regional feasibilities;
 Privatization in favor of cooperatives;
 Making capital and national/ international financial resources accessible to cooperatives;
 Co-working on founding Cooperative Development Bank as well as developing Cooperative Fund of the country;
 Creating an IT center

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