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Title: 

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DOMESTIC RESOURCES COST (DRC) METHOD FOR COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE ANALYSIS OF THE OPERATING KAOLIN MINES IN IRAN

Type: PAPER
Author(s): BASIRI M.H.*,NABIYAN JAVARDI F.S.
 
 *STATISTICAL AND INFORMATION DISSEMINATION OFFICE, MINISTRY OF INDUSTRIES & MINES, ST. OSTAD NEJATOLLAHI, ST. SHAHID KALANTARY, LEVEL 5, PART OF STATISTIC
 
Name of Seminar: PROCEEDING OF IRANIAN MINING ENGINEERING CONFERENCE
Type of Seminar:  CONFERENCE
Sponsor:  IRANIAN SOCIETY OF MINING ENGINEERING
Date:  2005Volume 1
 
 
Abstract: 

The comparative advantage of the operating mines from production and exports point of view is one of the important key factors in economical activities. This issue is central in the developing countries. In Iran, promoting the non-oil exports and diverting from a single-product economy to a wide range of exports is a major issue. Also, this is one of the main purposes of the Government Forth Economical and Social Plan the mining reserves play an important role in providing the row materials used in the related industries. Due to the geographical and geological position of Iran, there are significant valuable ores situated in the different parts of the country. This is an excellent potential for the mining investment. In this paper the comparative advantage of the operating Kaolin mines in Iran, from the production and the exports stages, is evaluated by implementing of the Domestic Resources Cost (DRC) method. Consequently, the DRC method, as a decision support tool, clarifies the outcomes of an export oriented approach compared to a conservation approach that recommends keeping the reserves for the future generations and promoting the rate of import. Finally this study recommends a regime for promotion of production and exports or importing the ore. Accuracy of the method is examined by comparing the result with the real standard ratios being used in the other countries.

 
Keyword(s): IRAN, KAOLIN MINES, COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE, PRODUCTION, EXPORTS, DOMESTIC RESOURCES COST AND WORLD INDEX
 
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