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The mining industry enters its most important decade, Future Minerals Summit

The Future Minerals Summit has confirmed participations from organizations such as Barrick Gold and Alcoa, Mark Bristow and Roy Harvey as well as the chairmen of Ivanhoe Mines and of Fortescue Metals, Robert Friedland and Andrew Forrest.

December 17, 2021  by CM Staff

LONDON — The international mining industry is facing its most important decade as the world starts the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the CEO of the International Council on Mining and Metals, Rohitesh Dhawan said in an interview during the Future Minerals Summit conversation series last week.

Dhawan said that mining will be at the very centre of this transition because of the demand for metals used in solar and wind power, and in the batteries needed to drive electric vehicles.

According to a statement from the Mining Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia, Dhawan spoke of ICMM’s message of “mining with principles” to maximize the benefit of mining while minimizing the harm to people and the environment. He added that ICMM will try to ensure that the lives of everyone affected by mining are made better, and the operations are safe, fair, equitable, just and sustainable.

The statement also indicated that issues like sustainability and environmental, human costs are amongst those being addressed at The Future Minerals Summit in Riyadh on January 11 through 13, 2022. The summit will include senior political and business leaders, and will discuss issues facing the global mining industry.

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Over 150 mining, exploration and development companies are expected to attend including over 2,000 in-person attendees. The summit’s program will focus on three main themes: mining’s contribution to society, reimagining mining, and investing in new and emerging mining regions.

According to a statement from the Mining Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia, The Middle East, Central Asia and Africa have the mineral endowment and the right geography to become a hub for the minerals value chain and play a role in meeting the global demand for the minerals needed in a low-carbon society.

The Future Minerals Summit has confirmed participations from several international mining companies and CEOs of organizations such as Barrick Gold and Alcoa, Mark Bristow and Roy Harvey as well as the chairmen of Ivanhoe Mines and of Fortescue Metals, Robert Friedland and Andrew Forrest. Numerous other industry participants will include the CEOs of Trafigura and Komatsu Mining, Jeremy Weir and Jeffrey Dawes.


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