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Former Minister of Communications: Supreme Cyberspace Council Governs ICT in Iran

Former Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Hassan Nami

Former Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Hassan Nami said on Monday that the Communications Ministry should act as the only organization regulating Internet in the country. Accordingly he believes that Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Council plays ‘the most important role’ in the nation’s ICT sector.

“Ministries of Communications play key roles in the progress of every community in the world. Currently, many countries are trying to increase their shares in international ICT markets because of the remarkable economic profits,” said Nami, the former Minister of Communication in Iran.

“The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology managed to support the Iranian companies interested in investing in this field. In recent years, ICT industry has massively contributed to the Iranian government,” Nami added.

Mohammad Hassan Nami declared that he didn’t have enough power to implement his policies in Iran’s ICT sector. “As a matter of fact, Minister of Information and Communications Technology is not the only body responsible for governing this sector in Iran. In my opinion, Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Council plays the most important role in this field. I strongly believe that the Minister of Communications should also serve as the secretary of Supreme Cyberspace Council,”

“Only in this case, the Minister can execute his decisions and make positive changes in this area.” Nami concluded.

During the recent months, Nami was repeatedly criticized by Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi, secretary of Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Council. “The officials of Communications Ministry should avoid making naive comments about the project of national Internet.” Behabadi outlined in an interview with local media on January.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei established the Supreme Council of Cyberspace in 2012 to protect Islamic Republic of Iran from ‘online dangers’. Accordingly high-ranking Iranian officials, who serve as the members of Supreme Council of Cyberspace, are required to formulate Iran’s Internet policies.

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