The Ministry of Commerce is very similar to a Chamber of Commerce. The ideas and purpose of the organization are somewhat similar. There are Ministries of Commerce in countries such as China and Iran which are run
by the government, as opposed to the businesses in
The governments in countries that have Ministries of Commerce seek to control and regulate the exports and
imports sold in those countries to ensure that the people and the government
have access to the appropriate things, while making certain that the government
gets its fair share of taxes on imports and exports.
The Ministry of Commerce also regulates business inside the country, even
when there is no exporting or importing involved. The Ministry may seek to increase business at certain
companies to increase tax revenue for the government. In fact, some Ministries of Commerce have been accused of controlling where business
can be conducted because the government or people in the government have
ownership in certain companies.
Whatever the case, Ministries of Commerce control business in those countries that have
one. They may prevent the sale of certain materials, such as those deemed
inappropriate or against the official religion. They may also select companies
which offer the people the greatest benefits through inexpensive products and
safe products, while preventing unsafe business practices.