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13TH INTERNATIONAL ARAB MINERAL RESOURCES CONFERENCE OPENS IN MARRAKECH

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO, April 30 — The 13th International Arab Mineral Resources Conference is taking place this week in Marrakech, under the theme “Mineral resources: Promising potential for sustainable development”.

The meeting, which strated Monday, is being attended by several Arab ministers in charge of mineral resources, senior officials, experts and leaders of organizations operating in the mining sector.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Moroccan Energy, Mines, Water and Environment Minister Abdelkader Aamara said the importance of mineral resources in the Arab world “encourages us all to focus on our development and transformation projects, instead of simply exporting raw materials”.

He said these projects would aim to produce high value-added products which can strengthen the competitive ability of Arab countries in the global market, especially as some minerals had become of great strategic importance because of their scarcity and increased demand for them at the international level.

The three-day conference will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences between Arab and foreign experts and Arab and international institutions working in the mining sector and activating the Arab-international co-operation in this field.

It also aims at discussing the impact of the mineral sector on the economies of Arab countries, the promotion of mining projects, the development of mining legislation and the elimination of obstacles hindering Arab and foreign investments in this sector.

SOURCE: MAP