Iranian MP's have voted for separation of Trade department from the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade and formation of new ministry, however the case requires drafted plans and necessary capital to support it, member of Iranian parliament's industry committee Mohammad Azizi told Trend.
"I voted in favor of the plan since the ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade was a big ministry and somehow the commerce sector was completely left alone," he said.
"Forming the Ministry of Trade and Commerce would be organized and it should employ professionals in this field," he added.
"The plan's minimum cost would be about $238 million. Meanwhile, the government can't afford to purchase buildings for the ministry in various cities and it is forced to rent facilities, since the costs are not registered as part of the budget plan," he said.
Iranian MP's voted in favor of the principal plan to form Commerce Ministry, with 132 members of parliament voting in favor, and 78 against the plan. Eight people have abstained.
The separation of commerce department from the current Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade would reverse the previous decision of the government to merge several ministries to create an efficient administration.