Pre-event Ministerial Roundtable will bring together leaders from 25 countries to shape a new era of mining in these dynamic regions.
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources recently released further details of The Future Minerals Forum (FMF), planned for January 11-13, 2022, in Riyadh.
This includes an update regarding speakers and details of a high-level Ministerial Roundtable.
A number of Ministers and more than 50 world-class speakers have been confirmed for the Forum, including mining, investment, technology, manufacturing and sustainability thought leaders Mark Bristow, President, Barrick Gold; Robert Friedland, Founder and Co-Chairman, Ivanhoe Mines; Eric Cantor, Managing Director, Moelis & Company; Andrew Forrest, Chairman, Fortescue Metals Group; Andrew Liveris, Chairman, Lucid Motors; Roy Harvey, President and CEO, Alcoa; Jeremy Weir, Chairman and CEO, Trafigura; Marco Lambertini, General Secretary, WWF; Thomas Kaplan, Chairman, Novagold; Jeffrey Dawes, CEO, Komatsu Mining Corp; Rohitesh Dhawan, CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals; and Peter Leon, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills and one of the world’s pre-eminent mining lawyers.
“The Forum offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ where countries can learn from world-class experts how to build a sustainable industry, and where investors and miners can gain in-depth knowledge about the regions’ tremendous geological potential,” commented HE Khalid Al-Mudaifer, Vice-Minister of Mining Affairs, Saudi Arabia.
Pre-event Ministerial Roundtable will set the super-regional agenda for mining
The Kingdom also is convening a Ministerial Roundtable in Riyadh the day before the Forumsessions, with the aim of defining the future of mining across the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. Ministerial representatives of 25 governments will meet to address key questions and highlight the greatest opportunities across these regions.
“By bringing together governments, the private sector, multilateral organizations and NGOs, we aim to create a mining sector that does things the right way, sustainably and equitably,” added HE Al-Mudaifer.
World-renowned speakers to share information and expertise
In addition to the dozens of confirmed speakers from the mining industry, leaders from multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), and World Gold Council also will share their knowledge and insights with Forum attendees.
“It is vital for us as an industry to come together with governments and other stakeholders to build the groundwork for the safe, fair and sustainable production of the minerals and metals needed to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goal,” remarked Rohitesh Dhawan, CEO, ICMM. Given the rapidly growing demand for technologies such as electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines, all of which require significant amounts of minerals, Forum themes have been developed around the common theme of sustainability.