Iran is not only rich in stocks of fossil fuels, but also in other mineral resources, like chrome, lead, uranium, manganese, gold, coal and iron.
Furthermore, Iran has the world-biggest deposit of zinc and the second largest copper beds of the world. Although 90% of the metal-winning and processing industry are in the hands of the state, the state is interested in private investors from abroad. Numerous investment incentives aim to attract foreign capital and know-how. The circumstances could not be more favourable, but due to the ineffective production process the country is still far behind its possibilities.