GUEST BLOGGER Parviz Tarikhi: Iranian Cabinet approves new Statute of the Iranian Space Agency

July 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Space Law, Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

Parviz Tarikhi heads the Microwave Remote Sensing Department at the Mahdasht Satellite Receiving Station. He has been involved with the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) since 2000, including as second vice-chair and rapporteur in 2004-06 of the committee bureau. Since 2001 he has co-chaired Action Team number 1 of UNISPACE-III with the mission ‘to develop a comprehensive worldwide environmental monitoring strategy’. From 2004-07 he conducted the Office for Specialized International Co-operation of the Iranian Space Agency. He is also a freelance journalist and technical writer.

Today, 22 July 2008, the Iranian media widely reflected the news about the notification of the new Statute of the Iranian Space Agency by Dr. Parviz Davoodi, the First Deputy of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Based on the proposal of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and in line with Article 44 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran and following the pass of the law by the Guardian Council of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran on 2 July 2008, with the aim to render the none-sovereignty tasks to the private sector, and centralizing the sovereignty tasks that were being carried out in different specific organizations earlier, the Cabinet of the Islamic Republic of Iran approved the new Statute of the Iranian Space Agency. Based on the new statute, implementing legal tasks, study, research, engineering and operating in the field of space service technologies, remote sensing and strengthening the communications and space technology networks inside and outside of the country as well as the sovereignty tasks of the former Iranian Remote Sensing Center and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology will be undertaken by the Iranian Space Agency.

According to the new Statute, the Iranian Space Agency as a legal entity is a financially independent state foundation affiliated with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and will be managed based on its specific financial and trade laws and regulations in the framework of the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In addition to study and research in the field of space service technologies and integration of the sovereignty tasks of the former Iranian Remote Sensing Center and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology other tasks of the Agency includes formulating country’s space sector programs, study for policy making in designing, manufacturing, launching and using research satellites, research, design and launch of commercial, scientific and research satellites, and design and manufacturing of the control centers and launch of national satellites, planning to conduct and develop of the peaceful uses of outer space and space technology, strengthening the national, regional and international communication networks by the state, cooperative and private sectors.

Moreover, the Iranian Space Agency among its tasks further covers studying the requirements and implementing satellite and other space technology projects, contribution to the implementation of the satellite projects, receiving the approved tariffs for offering the space services and issuing the authorization for the space activities, assessing the competence of none-governmental contractors and advisors for implementing space related executive and research issues, membership and attending related international and regional societies and unions aiming at protecting national interests, management and exploitation of satellite and orbital positions in coordination with responsible bodies, study and planning for securing the requirements of country’s satellite networks for providing satellite services, establishing national archive and centralizing store, classification and updating of space data.

The new Statue authorizes the Iranian space Agency to proceed for establishing space research centers and firms with the endorsement of the Council for Development of Higher Education. This task was not included in the older Statute of the Agency approved on 18 June 2005.

Authorizing the Iranian Space Agency according to new law to receive the approved tariffs for offering the space services charges the Agency to act based on the rates approved by the Cabinet and settle the funds to the public revenue account (near the General Treasurer).

Furthermore, in line with the Article 68 of the Law for Management of Country Service approved in 2007, the Iranian Space Agency in coordination of the Presidential Deputyship of Management and Human Assets Development is authorized to make necessary superior payments with the endorsement of the Cabinet to draw and retain appropriate human resources for the specialized and managerial positions.
The president of the Agency that is the Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology will be appointed by the said Minister and will hold the highest executive position at the Agency. He/she is responsible for well implementing the affairs, protecting the rights, interests and assets of the Agency, and for managing the Agency will have full rights and authorization in the framework of the regulations. He/she will represent the Agency before all legal authorities and real and legal entities with the right to depute the authorization to others.

In general, the new Statue provides the Agency with more authorization financially and administrationally to focus and regulate its efforts for institutionalization of space activities in Iran and benefiting the potentials and available sources to reach its goals.

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