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The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Domination Over Iran’s Economy

NCRI – Iran regime’s Minister of Defense, Hossein Dehghan announced that the main government plans in petroleum, gas, oil, transport, dams, water transfer, telecommunication and IT are currently assigned to Khatam-al Anbiya Headquarter affiliated with IRGC.

The state-run ISNA news agency reported that Hossein Dehghan visited the exhibition entitled “IRGC’s power in construction” on Thursday 29th December 2016. The Minister of defense stipulated that 50 best-laid plans in the national economy will be assigned to Khatam-al Anbiya Headquarter by the end of this year.

On Saturday December 31st 2016, the state-run Shargh newspaper also published a report entitled “everything about Khatam-al Anbiya Headquarter”.
The report mentions that this headquarter is the largest private contractor of Iran. As Tehran’s Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf was one of the commanders of Khatam-al Anbiya Headquarter, the construction projects such as building bridges have been granted to one of the sub-groups of this headquarter.

The Construction Headquarters such as Qaem, Nouh, Karbala, Kowsar are the sub-groups of Khatam-al Anbiya.

Shargh newspaper in its report stressed that the initial economic activities of this headquarter began during the presidency of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. This headquarter will not limit its activity in one field rather it takes the micro-economic plans as well as big projects; The projects such as Sadr Highway in Tehran, Gatun Dam, the phases 15 and 16 of South Pars gas-condensate field and the autobahn project that connects the two holy shrines from Qom to Mashhad.

Shargh newspaper also writes:”Khatam-al Anbiya Headquarter is provided with special privileges such as tax exemptions that facilitate its economic activity. It has also power and permeability in governmental organizations and economic sections. With such dominance, the legal barriers will be removed and the projects will be channeled for Khatam-al Anbiya. In addition to that, unlike other economic actors, this headquarter does not endure any ordeal by monitoring bodies.

As the Supreme Audit Court of Iran stipulates, the General Inspection Office and other monitoring bodies (even the Intelligence Organization of IRGC) do not have the right to enter and inspect the activities of Khatam-al Anbiya Headquarter. The only authority that supervises the headquarter is the Intelligence Protection of IRGC which does not basically monitors the economic activities or it cannot have an audit or financial tracking in the performance of the headquarter. In such situation, the corruption is expected to grow.”