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Iran: Oil minister nominee outlines priorities

TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (Mehr News Agency) - Masoud Mirkazemi, the nominee for the position of oil minister in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's new administration, described his plans of action and priorities for the development of domestic oil industry.

According to Mehr news agency, the completion of semi-finished projects as per the Five-Year Development Plan (2010-2015), is his top priority.

Boosting the private sector''s role in the development of the infrastructural projects, supporting the export of technical services, and adopting advanced methods of marketing will also be given high priority.

Improving the energy consumption patterns, realizing the root and branch reform in the oil industry''s different sections, diversifying the financing methods, and optimizing the use of domestic expertise, are among the other plans of Mirkazemi.

Mirkazemi who is the current minister of commerce has faced some criticisms on his ability to run the strategic oil ministry. The head of the Iranian parliament''s energy commission, Hamid-Reza Katouzian, has expressed concern about the proposed new oil minister''s qualifications. He told Reuters he was worried that Mirkazemi would change the oil ministry''s "development outlook into a commercial one."

Defending his cabinet line-up, Ahmadinejad said on Thursday Mirkazemi was a skilled manager: "His presence at the oil ministry will further promote the status of oil industry as a strategic commodity of our nation," he said.

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