Future Minerals Forum will convene in Riyadh to shape mining sector

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, the host and convener of the first-ever Future Minerals Forum, has formally unveiled the global event’s detailed program featuring an extensive list of subjects, opportunities and challenges confronting the global mining industry.

The Future Minerals Forum will be held at Riyadh-based King Abdulaziz International Conference Center from January 11 to 13, 2022. The conference, to be held under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, is the first-of-its-kind in the mining sector at the level of the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

More than 2,000 persons from over 100 countries, 150 major global investors and 100 prominent international speakers, including a number of ministers concerned with the mining sector, leaders in mining investment worldwide, as well as financial sector leaders, and major heads of state in addition to representatives of mining companies from different countries will participate in the event.

The invitation-only, closed-door Ministerial Mining Roundtable Special Session will headline the Forum’s program on January 11. The session will feature presentations and discussions on topics that are critical to the future of the mining industry.

The “Mining in a Day” workshop will be held alongside other workshops and panel discussions that will turn the spotlight on weighty issues, including the attraction of investments, the role of technology in mining, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

The General Forum will begin on January 12 with a plenary session and a keynote address by HE Bandar Bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef, Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources. The session on ‘Reimagining Mining and Maximizing its Contribution to Society’ will commence the day’s program schedule.

The final day of the event will witness the region from Congo to Kyrgyzstan highlighted as the Land of Opportunity-A Regional Powerhouse. Also in the spotlight will be a prime-time session on ‘Global Investment Opportunities and Accessing Capital’. Deep-dive sessions, keynote fireside chats and other animated inter-and intra-ministry discussions will also be held.

In addition to the dozens of confirmed speakers from the mining industry, leaders from multilateral global organizations such as the World Bank, International Council on Mining and Metals, and World Gold Council will also share their knowledge and insights with the forum attendees.

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