Egypt’s Participation in the Second Edition of the Future Minerals Forum

by Asmaa Elwahy

Egypt’s Participation in the Second Edition of the Future Minerals Forum

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla participated in the second edition of the Future Minerals Forum held in Saudi Arabia under the patronage of King Salman bin Abdulaziz.


El Molla noted Egypt’s support and cooperation with the kingdom in the mining sector for several years on the sidelines of the conference, noting the similarities between the two countries due to the existence of the Arab Nubian Shield area that separates the two countries.


He affirmed that this area has large amounts of mineral resources. El Molla said also that both countries started to upgrade and modernize the industry at the same time in 2018 which included legislative framework, regulating laws, and licensing systems.


He referred to the bid rounds that were launched by Egypt using this new system to attract mining investors and benefit from mineral resources and opportunities. The minister emphasized the importance of this conference which allows communication with major investors in this industry.

El Molla emphasized that Egypt intends to expand in complementary industries based on the various minerals that abound in its lands to achieve the highest added value.


Additionally, El Molla explained that during the past two years, 15 new contracts were signed with international and local companies for gold exploration and production adding that Egypt is one of the most important phosphates exporting countries and that the ministry’s strategy adopts projects that achieve added value from phosphates through phosphate fertilizer and phosphoric acid projects.



He further highlighted Saudi-Egyptian cooperation in the mining domain.


The conference is being held for three days at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center in Riyadh under the slogan of “Creating responsible and resilient minerals and metals supply and value chains in Africa, Western and Central Asia”.


The conference is attended by 13,000 participants from more than 60 countries and discusses several mining topics, including the latest economic and environmental developments that may impact the industry in the region, in addition to the social and environmental practices in terms of competition and equal opportunities.

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