The economy of Iran has been hit by sanctions in recent years, yet the nuclear deal has opened a clear path for total obliteration of sanction policy against the country. Although being sanctioned has been a big issue for the economy, it is not worse than very systematic problems in most developed economies. In other words, one might prefer to address this issue more as an opportunity than a threat, considering the delicate underlying trends behind current developments in worlds economy. These trends combined with an assortment of domestic and regional potentials, make Iran a great destination for upcoming investments.
Demand shortage is the most crucial economic problem for most nations from west to east. It has many roots ranged from over indebtedness to demographics; most of them are much harder to manage than nuclear related discontents and sanctions of Iran. One notable instance of these discomforts is China in present time, since its huge pile of non-serviceable debts along with several other fundamental difficulties, made it more a threat to worlds economy than a growth engine it used to be previously. Commodities like copper have been exposed to declining prices and a great degree of volatility, due to not only FX fluctuations but also a shortage of real demand.
Iran, as a major energy producer in the Middle East, has a very clean record of exposure to external and internal threads that most developed and emerging economies are struggling with. The country has one of the lowest levels of external debt in the world, which makes it more resistant to global shocks. A comparison with a neighbor country makes the case more clear: While the external debt to GDP is less than 5 percent in Iran, the number goes to around 50 percent for Turkey. Although reasons behind this low rate should not be regarded as positive, it has provided a distinguished potential for growth and prosperity hereafter.
In recent 20 years, most emerging economies including BRICS group have seen most of their unutilized potentials depleted, so stimulating high rates of growth in those nations is much difficult, though not as such of developed Europe. Nevertheless, the fact that those potentials are mostly intact in Iran provides an unrepeatable case for investors: A substantial amount of not-satiated demand in almost every sector, an industrial base mostly outdated which requires renovation, and rich natural resources mainly underutilized due to investment deficiency in recent years.
The point is that unlike many countries in the region which one might ponder as also having these potentials, Iran has not been an unstable environment inundated with wars, terror attacks, and internal conflicts.