Aliakbar Mehrabian

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Ali Akbar Mehrabian is an Iran
Iran
Iran , officially the Islamic Republic of Iran , is a country in Southern and Western Asia. The name "Iran" has been in use natively since the Sassanian era and came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia...

ian politician who was
Minister of Industries and Mines
Cabinet of Iran
The Cabinet of Iran is a formal body composed of government officials, ministers, chosen and led by a President. Its composition must be approved by a vote in the Parliament...

 from 2 November 2007 to 3 August 2011. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has proposed he retain this post in the 2009 cabinet. In 2011, it was announced that Ministry of Industries and Mines will be merged with Ministry of Commerce and Mehrabian will leave the cabinet afterward.

Early life


He was born on 2 February 1975 in Kerman
Kerman
- Geological characteristics :For the Iranian paleontologists, Kerman has always been considered a fossil paradise. Finding new dinosaur footprints in 2005 has now revealed new hopes for paleontologists to better understand the history of this area.- Economy :...

, Iran
Iran
Iran , officially the Islamic Republic of Iran , is a country in Southern and Western Asia. The name "Iran" has been in use natively since the Sassanian era and came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia...

. His family is from Shiraz
Shiraz
Shiraz may refer to:* Shiraz, Iran, a city in Iran* Shiraz County, an administrative subdivision of Iran* Vosketap, Armenia, formerly called ShirazPeople:* Hovhannes Shiraz, Armenian poet* Ara Shiraz, Armenian sculptor...

. Mehrabi studied at Shiraz University
Shiraz University
Shiraz University , formerly known as Pahlavi University, is a public university located in Shiraz, Iran. It is one of the major universities of Iran....

.

Ministerial activities


As minister, Mehrabian has travelled the world promoting Iran's commercial interests in friendly countries such as Qatar, Belarus, Egypt and Venezuela
Venezuela
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. He has been involved in discussions of a possible World Oil Bank involving Russia and Venezuela, and agreed a cooperation protocol with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He also promoted Iran's bilateral links and financial support for Cuba.

He has expressed deep concern over the non-adherence of industrial states to their commitments to control the emission of greenhouse gases.

He has implemented policies to encourage production of cars powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Because Iran suffers from a lack of refining capacity, gasoline is rationed. Hundreds of thousands of gasoline-powered vehicles are also being converted to use a bi-fuel system allowing CNG as an alternative fuel. He has encouraged developments under which cars with Iranian content will now be built in Egypt and Syria.

Following deadly crashes of imported aircraft, he also hopes to develop domestic production of aircraft.

He has promoted production of steel, copper, and coal.

He has implemented policies pressurising companies alleged to have links with businesses who trade with Israel, such as Coca Cola, Nestle and Benetton.

Conviction for fraud


He was convicted a fraud in which he and Mousa Mazloum in 2005 published an invention by Farzan Salimi, claiming it as their own. The idea for an "earthquake saferoom" — a design for a fortified room in homes in case of disaster - was owned by Salimi, an Iranian researcher and engineer.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also named as an author on the cover of the book in which the fraudulent claim was made. In July 2009, the general court of Tehran convicted Mehrabian and Mousa Mazloum. The court ordered the registration of the design to be taken from them and given to Salimi, but did not otherwise assign punishment.

See also

  • Cabinet of Iran
    Cabinet of Iran
    The Cabinet of Iran is a formal body composed of government officials, ministers, chosen and led by a President. Its composition must be approved by a vote in the Parliament...

  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad