The production of gold bars in Iran for 8 years (from 2011 to 2020) has grown 14 times from 850 kg to 12 tons. This was stated on Tuesday by the deputy head of the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade of Iran, Dariush Ismaily, reports IRNA.
вЂњWith the opening of a new gold mine in Sanandaj province, Iran has risen to 30th place in the world and 10th in Asia for the production of gold bars,вЂќ Ismaily said at the ceremony of opening a gold mine in Kurdestan province. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took part in the ceremony through video conferences.
вЂњDuring this period, 3 tons of gold worth $180 million were exported from Iran,вЂќ Ismaily said, adding that over the past Iranian year (ended March 20, 2020), the country spent $93 million on gold imports.
According to him, today the state gold reserves amount to about 50 thousand tons. вЂњIran's gold reserves are 320 tons, this figure may increase to 400 tons,вЂќ he said.
According to him, 37 gold exploration projects are currently being carried out in Iran. вЂњIn the near future, Iran's gold reserves will reach 3200 tons,вЂќ he said.