The necessity of reviewing and updating the exploration strategy and facilitating exploration laws and guidelines.

The necessity of reviewing and updating the exploration strategy and facilitating exploration laws and guidelines.

The need to review and update the exploration strategy

The three main elements in the organization's strategic statement model are the [1] organizational mission, [2] organizational perspective and [3] organizational values. These three concepts serve as the connecting elements of the organizational elements, representing the nature, the how-to and the orientation of the organizational purposes. The mission is equivalent to the existential philosophy and the ultimate purpose, the values as the basis of the long-standing and fundamental principles of the human and professional ethics charter and the vision of the organization in the future. Of course, it should be noted that after designing strategies and goals again, these elements will be adapted and improved.

The three main elements in the strategic statements of the organization are as following:

  1. Composition of Human Missions: the mission of an organization describes its guidelines of activity, its products and services and specifies the scope of activity in the present and in the future. Mission is general beliefs of the managers of an organization on the capabilities and stand of the organization in the country, which justifies the organization's existence. Mission is the official statement of a fundamental objective behind the existence of an organization or, in other words, the existence of the organization.
  2. Determining the Organizational Perspective: The perspective is the general statement of what the organization wants in the future, with the goal of creating a future rather than a future prediction. The vision must be realistic playing as a driving force and an integral factor. If one considers an organizational vision, the culture of organizational strategies will develop and common belief will be created therein. A vision is the organization's real depict in the future.
  3. Determining Organizational Values: The fundamental values are the basic principles of creed and ethics of fundamental importance, not economic considerations. Fundamental values simply do not change with changing circumstances. True fundamental values will not be changed through condition change and are not neglected when left. Fundamental values should not be confused with work practices that are not worthy of value (such as quality, if not really worthy). An important point in fundamental values is that it must be deeply believed in by the managers of the organization. This can be accepted as a basis for the Charter of Human and Professional Ethics of the Organization's staff.
  • Facilitating exploration laws and guidelines (Challenges)
    In each part of a system or organization, numerous challenges emerge due to legal deficiencies as well as weaknesses in executive guidelines which can end up in unnecessary complication or even a disadvantage. In order to prevent this breakdown, the most important factor is to understand these challenges and analyzing them in order to remove regulatory imperfections and facilitate compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The exploration section is not excluded as one of the key components of the country's mineral industry. One of the major goals of organizations and institutes related to the mineral exploration sector of the country is to identify challenges and help facilitate the laws and guidelines for exploration based on the contribution of each part in the process.
  • Challenges in the field of geological management and mining of the country and other barriers affecting the various social differences and the  main audience of industry, mining and trade
    The Geological Survey of Iran (GSI) established since 1940 has consistently published all geospatial data in geological maps and other related reports is one of the most innovative organizations in the Middle East. GSI based on its mission has provided to the general public of the mining and earth scientist, as well as large and small mining, oil and construction projects and other fields related to the earth sciences with these invaluable data, free of charge or at a very low cost. Therefore, GSI is one of the organizations which provide transparent information and scientific and technical data in the country.
    According to the discoveries made by the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade in the past few decades by the Geological Survey of Iran (GSI) and recent years by the Organization for the Development and Renewal of Mining and Mining Industries of Iran (IMIDRO), some 100,000 km2 out of 1648195 km2 area has been explored. According to Iran's Prospects for Development Perspective, the goal is set for the first stand in economics, science and technology in the region of Southwest Asia at the horizon of 1404, and the major goals of the mining and mineral sector of our country is 55Mt of steel, 10t of gold, 1.5Mt of aluminum and 440kt copper cathode, 300kt zinc, 120Mt of cement per year. The main way of reaching this schema is to complete the primary chain of exploration and to pay attention to the geological and exploration sector and ultimately, to the mining and related industries, which can lead to less oil-affiliated income. Ultimately, the following are the challenges facing the organization.
    • Lack of proper attention to the governing and executive role of the GSI as an effective, scientific and executive arm in the Mineral Exploration Division of the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade.
    • Lack of adequate funds for exploration regarding the vast area of Iran
    • The shortage of specialized staff and the lack of attention to their training and lack of support in this important and influential field.
    • The lack of utilization of modern tools and technologies for mineral exploration and mineral tests as well as reference laboratories in the country.
    • GSI hopes that the managers of the headquarters in the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade can solve the problems with the implementation of the statutory provisions of the Mining Law and its regulations related to the Geological Survey of Iran and its organization's management challenges and consequently, various mining and other geosciences industries that benefits this valuable scientific and executive information that is the main audience of industry and mining and private sectors.
    • According to Article 32 of the Mining Act approved in 2011, the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade is obliged to identify the mineral potential of areas that is not attractive for private sector by the technical and financial capabilities of its subsidiary organizations (Geological Survey of Iran) using advanced exploratory technologies, macro and regional studies, to flourish exploration for mining sector. However, for many years, the Geological Survey of Iran has suffered from this appropriation of funds and is in extreme budget starvation.
    • Based on the note, the same law of the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade can be used in the implementation of this article to utilize a non-governmental sector with technical and financial capabilities to identify mineral potentials and continue exploration operations with motivation in the private sector through the Geological Survey and mineral exploration to boost up exploration in mines.
    • Also, according to Article 14 of the Mine Law and Note 4, that government is obliged to consider the proceeds from the implementation of this article every year in the annual budget, at least 65% of which spent in accordance with the laws and regulations of the country and in order to optimize the implementation of assignments and development departments in Mining and mineral industries of the country by the Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade.
      Note 5 of Article 14 of the Mining Law is applicable to miners be exempted at the most 20% of their royalty payment if the High Council of Mines approves their optimal utilization and conservation of mineral resources, improve productivity, research and development, and exploration and conservation of the environment. The Geological Survey of Iran, based on its scientific and operational capacities and the potential of its experts, declares its readiness to implement it in small-scale mines and to assist the private sector and the High Council of Mines.