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Shahmirzadi, Hasan

Oral History Interview

Interviewer
Gholam Reza Afkhami
Place
Bethesda, Maryland
Date
August 6, 1991
Condition
Open
Language
Persian
Content
Interviewee Details
Point Four Liaison for Administration with Prime Minister's Office, 1956-1959; Director General, Ministry of Agriculture, 1959-1961; Deputy Managing Director, Khuzistan Water and Power Authority KWPA), 1961-1966; Deputy Minister of Interior, 1967-1969; Managing Director, Pars Paper Company, 1969-1973; Managing Director, Khezer-Shahr Development Project, 1973-1978.
Abstract
Education and family background; joining Point IV; background and development of public administration as concept and process in Point Four; relations with prime minister's office and various ministries; personality and role of Ashraf Ahmadi as Deputy Prime Minister for Administrative Reorganization; changes in the roles of the Point Four Iranian and American personnel over time; on Iranians in Point Four Program as future leaders in development; on Iran-e No group in the 1950s--membership, future and political evolution; Jamshid Amuzegar, Abdorreza Ansari, Khalil Taleqani as intellectual leaders of development ideology in Iran-e No group; Jamshid Amuzegar as Minister of Agriculture; on the background of the Khuzestan Water and Power Authority (KWPA); role of David Lillienthal and the Development and Resources Corporation in setting up KWPA; IBRD's conditions for extending $42 million loan to Iran; developing KWPA's organizational structure and personnel and budget policies; leadership and esprit de corp in KWPA; relations with local governmental units; dealing with the newly established Ministry of Water and Power on policy and problems of turf; Mansur Rowhani as Minister of Water and Power; politics of accommodating central ministries; Shah's interest and role in the development of Khuzestan; policy of training Iranian cadres to replace foreign experts; relations with the Plan and Budget Organization under different Directors--Abolhasan Ebtehaj, Khosrow Hedayat, Ahmad Aramesh, Safi Asfiya; on Abdorreza Ansari as Managing Director of KWPA and Minister of Interior; on relations with Ahmad Ahmadi as colleague; Abdorreza Ansari at the Ministry of Interior--policies and management techniques; on setting up model city government--councils, managers and mayors; on reasons for leaving public service; on Pars Paper Corporation; on working with Princess Ashraf as managing director of Khezer Shahr Development Project.

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