The Association of International Consultants and Contractors came into being in 1988,
following several years of studies and intimate cooperation among four of Irans
major engineering associations representing 1252 consulting and engineering firms. It
brought to a harvest the Iranian engineering communitys longstanding desire to
establish an umbrella organization charged with the task of mobilizing the countrys
immense engineering potentialities to coordinate and promote exports of technical and
engineering services. Currently 37 leading companies representing a wide cross section of
the Iranian engineering industry make up the backbone of the association. However, given
the fact that there are over 5000 registered engineering firms in Iran, enhanced
cooperation among these firms figures prominently in the associations list of
The Associations principal objectives can be summarized as follows:
- To coordinate and harmonize the activities of commercial and industrial sectors with
technical and engineering services.
- To identify and publicize technical and engineering export potentials with a view to bring
about an overall expansion in the countrys non-oil exports.
- To help identify potential markets for exports of technical and engineering services.
- To help organize overseas export promotion missions.
- To provide consultancy services regarding international contracts, filling out
questionnaires, preparing international tender documents, as well as helping engineering
firms prequalify for financial facilities granted by the World Bank, Islamic Development
Bank and other credit sources.
The origins of the art of designing and building in Iran date back six thousand years. What
has remained of the great wealth of architectural masterpieces created by our forefathers
demonstrates how deeply this art is rooted in our rich ancient culture.
Construction industry in its contemporary form, however, made its appearance in our country about 70
years ago. Prior to the 1960s, virtually all major development projects in Iran were
handled by international contracting firms mostly on a full turn-key basis, while Iranian
engineers played only minor roles. After the revolution and particularly during the past
decade, Iranian engineers have taken great strides in transforming Irans rather
fledgling construction industry into one employing advanced technology and modern
Thanks to a highly coordinated national reconstruction program launched in 1990s, Iranian firms,
especially those in the private sector, have greatly expanded their technical know-how and
capabilities, becoming efficient designers and builders. The diversity of projects
executed by Iranian engineering firms over the last decade or so is an enucing testimony
to our countrys considerable technical resources and capabilities. The fruits of
these capabilities are embodied in the huge dams, petrochemical complexes, onshore and
offshore gas and oil installations, port facilities, power plants, state-of-the-art
telecommunications networks, steel mills, construction material and equipment
manufacturing plants, world-class airports, bridges, roads, highways, railways, extensive
irrigation and drainage networks, urban sewerage systems, and water treatment facilities.
What follows is a brief sectoral overview of Irans diverse capabilities and