EghtesadOnline: The Eighth Iranian Steel Market Conference, aka ISMC 2018, opens in Tehran today. The annual two-day event is scheduled to be held at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Conference Center.
The prime steel event is hosted by Donya-e-Eqtesad Media Group, the parent company of Financial Tribune. This year’s foreign keynote speakers include Joachim Schroeder, chairman of Research & Consulting Group AG; Andrey Pupchenko, deputy managing director of Ukraine’s Metal Expert and Dennis Matos Gamboa, country manager of Spain’s Sarralle Group in Iran. Several preliminary meetings were held among Iranian steel industry officials at the Donya-e-Eqtesad office building prior to the conference. This year’s themes to be discussed by the attendees include: Balanced development of Iran’s iron ore and steel industry production chain up to 2025; moving toward production of high-quality steel with a focus on exports; addressing roadblocks to financing the steel industry and analyzing factors affecting final prices. Officials and experts will also discuss opportunities arising from and challenges to the industry’s privatization, according to Financial Tribune.