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RIYADH, Jan 10: The 2nd roundtable meeting of ministers concerned with mining affairs kicked off Tuesday, under the patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and with Kuwait’s participation. Representative of Kuwait’s Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Mazen Al-Nahedh, Acting Director General of the Public Authority for Industry Mahammad Al-Adwani headed the Kuwaiti delegation to the meeting. Speaking to KUNA and Kuwait TV in a statement, Al-Adwani stressed the importance of the meeting attended by more than 60 countries represented in 40 ministers and officials concerned with mining industry in the region from Africa to West central Asia.
He affirmed that this industry is imperative for future as the world is seeking to turn to clean energy and zero carbon neutrality by 2035, indicating that minerals contribute to reaching this goal by reducing carbon emissions. There are some investment opportunities offered during the roundtable meeting and will be presented in tomorrow’s conference, he said. The Saudi opportunities include exploration for minerals, topped with gold, iron and zinc among others in the region, he said. Meanwhile, Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resource Bandar Alkhorayef told KUNA in a similar statement that the level of participation shows the importance of the mining sector due to its vital role in industry and turning to clean energy. The conference, held on the sidelines of the Future Minerals Conference, is set for Wednesday and Thursday. (KUNA)