4000 industrial and mineral projects underway in Iran
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jun.11/ Trend R.Zamanov
Currently 4000 industrial and mineral projects are underway in Iran, Deputy Industry, Mine, and Trade Minister Seyyed Alireza Shoja'ei said on Tuesday.
The projects are 70 per cent complete, the IRNA News Agncy quoted Shoja'ei as saying.
The projects will come on stream at a cost of eight trillion rials which is around $652 million based on the official rate of USD and $222 million based on the free market's price, he said.
The industry and mines sector absorbed 62 trillion rials worth of loans in the previous year which was 33 trillion rials less than the required amount, he added.
Iran's mineral and industrial exports faced a 28 per cent increase compared to the preceding year.
Iran holds three per cent of the world's mineral reserves which puts the country first in the Middle East and third in Asia.
Iran is ranks among the 15 major mineral-rich countries of the world and exports its industrial and mineral products to 159 countries, including Iraq, China, the United Arab Emirates, India and Afghanistan.
The important mines of Iran include coal, metallic minerals, sand and gravel, chemical minerals and salt. The country has the world's largest zinc and second largest copper deposits and ranks ninth for its iron reserves.