The Council of Ministers at a meeting dated 21.12.1997 according to article one hundred and thirty-eighth in the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran approved:
1. to establish coordination between organizations, free industrial and trade zones of Islamic Republic of Iran, a council is formed headed by a president and composed of the following:
Ministers of Economic Affairs and Finance, Commerce, Interior, Labor and Social Affairs, Industries and Mines and Metals, Transportation, Oil, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Culture and Islamic Guidance, Head of Management and Planning Organization, President of the Bank Secretary of Iran's Supreme Council of Free Trade and Industrial Zones.
2. The functions and powers of the Council of Ministers, the law on administration of free trade and industrial zones - approved in 1993- and its subsequent amendments, including the amendment of the law on free trade and industrial zones authority approved in 1998 (with the exception of Clause (2) of Article (1) of that law) are delegated to commission consisting of the ministers of paragraph (1) of the adopted act.
Criteria for decision of the commission is approval of majority of the present members that should be at least four. Commission’s legislations would be issued if they are approved by President and in conformity with article 19 of the Rules of the Board of Cabinet.
3. Council and the Commission of paragraph (1) and (2) has a Secretariat that is managed under the Secretary of the Council and the Commission appointed by presidential decree.
Council of Ministers on 1.11.2009 on the proposal of president and in order to make coordination between organizations, free industrial and trade zones and special economic zones approved that:
A council is formed composed of the social secretary of the president as head of the Council and by Ministers of Economy and Finance, Commerce, Industries and Mines, vice president of strategic planning and monitoring and , and head of free trade and industrial zones and special economic zones as the Secretary.
According to this Act, the duties and powers of the Council of Ministers in the law on the administration of free trade and industrial zones (approved in 1993) and its subsequent amendments and the law on establishment and management of the Special Economic Zones (approved in 2005) is delegated to members of the Council of Ministers.
Accordingly, the Council of Ministers has excepted the delegation of authority of Note "2" of article "one" of the law on administration of free trade and industrial zones and Note "2" of article "one" of establishing and managing special economic zones, namely the creation of new regions and determining their scope since the creation of new districts would be permitted under the proposal of government and approval by parliament.
Accordingly, decisions regarding the administration of the aforementioned issues are delegated to all its members as special representatives for president and adoption and amendment of the rules and regulations relating to the mentioned issue are delegated to members of the Council of Ministers.
Under this legislation, decisions and approvals of the majority of members or members of the Council of Ministers (where applicable) are regarded as decision of the president and the cabinet and they would be issued in compliance with the internal regulations of the Council of State. Also the Secretariat of the mentioned Council will be in the Cabinet Office.
Center of the Free and Special Economic Zones in addition to monitoring of these areas as the Campaign will follow the implementation of the approvals of the High Council of Free and Special Economic Zones.