Saudi Arabia discusses role of mining in social development

The Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources announced the first-ever Futures Minerals Forum under the patronage of the Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The global event will take place January 11-13 at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center in Riyadh.

It covers the mining sector in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, offers presentations on topics critical to the future of the mining industry, and reviews a broad repertoire of topics, opportunities and challenges facing the global mining industry is facing.

The conference will bring together more than 1,000 decision-makers from more than 100 countries and more than 150 major global investors, as well as around 100 international speakers.

Saudi ministers and representatives of the regional and international mining industry and related sectors will join the leaders of the forum.

The first day of the conference will begin with a special session of the Ministerial Roundtable on Mining featuring presentations and discussions on topics critical to the future of the mining industry.

The “Mining in a Day” workshop will be held in tandem with other seminars and roundtables that will highlight important issues including attracting investment, the role of technology in mining and issues. environmental, social and governance.

The General Forum will begin on January 12 with a plenary session and an opening speech by Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar al-Khorayef. The session on Reimagining Mining and Maximizing Its Contribution to Society will kick off the day’s program.

This will be followed by a session on smart mining, “Showcasing Technology & Innovation — Supporting Mining of the Future”.

Two additional sessions – Highlighting the essential role of mining in a low carbon economy and Supporting the growth and development of the region and the country briefings – will complement the exhibition and presentation opportunities. networking.

The final day will highlight Saudi Arabia’s role in a session titled “Land of Opportunity – A Regional Power”, as well as sessions on “Global Investment Opportunities and Access to Capital”.

In-depth sessions, fireside discussions and other lively inter- and intra-ministerial discussions will follow.

The conference will bring together Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman, Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, Environment Minister Abdulrahman al-Fadley, Investment Minister Khalid al-Falih and Governor of the Fund for Saudi public investment Yassir al-Rumayyan.

Dozens of senior stakeholders from the mining industry, heads of multilateral global organizations such as the World Bank, the International Council on Mining and Metals and the World Gold Council will also attend.

Joel C. Hicks