A recent report by the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade of Iran on licensing in the mining sector confirms that there has been a growth in the employment and investment rates. The report, comparing the performance of the one-year period ending March 2017 with that of 2016, presents an overview of construction, operation and employment permits. Likewise, the status of industrial permits is covered as well.
According to the report, granting permits to commence exploration operations increased by 11%. The number of licenses resulting in the mining activity was 9%, but apparently, an increase of 7% is witnessed in exploitation licensing. The number of licenses and certificates of exploration reached 800 and 573, respectively. During the survey period, 854 mining permits were also granted.

The government of Hassan Rouhani (2013–present) presented a performance report at the end of the first four-year presidential term. A part of the report looks at the production capacities in mine and industrial sector, particularly mining and its associated industries. The statistics suggest that steel and copper chains are the main contributors of the sector indicating the highest increase in the production capacity. The report compares the production capacities in 3.5 years, between September 2013 and April 2017, and reveals that copper concentrate (84%), iron ore concentrate (62%) and pellet (60%) enjoyed the highest growth. However, there was a slight decline in the actual production of iron ore concentrate to manage the demand.

The Statistical Center of Iran released a report on the country's economic growth in recent years.
The report deals with the four years of President Rouhani’s Government indicating that in spite of the recession in 2013, Iran's economy has quickly recovered and followed a positive trend in the following three years. According to the report, Iran's economic growth rate in the last Iranian calendar year (started in March) reached 8.3% by fixedprices of 1997, while the growth (excluding oil) hit 6.3%. In 2015, an increase of 0.7% was reported.


Relying on the latest technology to reduce waste and energy consumption, Central Alborz Coal Washing Plant started its operations.
Applying modern science and significant contribution of young experts, Fakoor Sanat Tehran Engineering Company (FST Co.) launched a 500,000t coal washing plant, Central Alborz Coal Company, based on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract. The project came into operation by taking measures in the fields such as rendering engineering services, supplying materials and equipment, undertaking civil works, launching and installing , as well as a one-year control.
During his visit to Mazandaran province, President Hassan Rouhani opened the project through video conferencing. Mehdi Karbasian, Chairman of IMIDRO, Vajih Allah Jafari, CEO of IMPASCO (the project’s contractor), and a number of local officials attended the ceremony.

Iran’s biggest zinc mine contract was signed with a private sector consortium under FIPPA. The contract, valued at one billion dollars, deals with the exploitation operations of Mehdiabad Zinc Mine and includes great incentives for investors.
Under the contract, Mehdiabad Mine located in Yazd province, will take the place of Angouran Zinc Mine.
So far, Angouran Mine, Zanjan Province, has been considered as the major resource for the country’s zinc industry, yet according to the forecasts, the operating life of the mine will be ended in the coming years. Thus, it has to be replaced by a reliable alternative.
Mehdiabad Mine, as one of the largest zinc mines in the world, has waited for an enforceable contract for years and finally, the contract was signed in the second half of March 2017 in the presence of the Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade, Chairman of IMIDRO, managers of investing companies, as well as the official of Mehdiabad Mining Complex.
The project is to produce 800,000 tonnes of zinc concentrate, with a grade of at least 35%, as the main product and 80,000 tonnes of lead-silver concentrate as a byproduct.

Iran has allocated loans amounting to over $66bn to the mining, industry and trade sectors in the year to March 20, said a senior ministry official in a report.
Some $46bn in banking facilities were earmarked for mining and industry sectors while over $20bn was extended to the trade sector last year, Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, Minister of Industry, Mines, and Trade, was quoted as saying in an Iran Daily News report.
He added the figures show an increase of 32% and 26%, respectively, against the figures for the previous year.