Future Minerals Forum successfully convenes global mining sector in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources has hailed the Future Minerals Forum as a great success in highlighting the role of the Kingdom in the future of the international mining sector.

The maiden event, which took place over three days last week, welcomed over 3,500 participants to the King Abdul Aziz International Conference Center in Riyadh, as well as 4,000 virtual participants from 100 countries around the world.

“The conference succeeded in highlighting the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its future vision in leading this sector at the regional and international levels, where the success was seen in the participation of 15 ministers from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and representatives of more than 32 countries in its various activities,” the Ministry said.

Distinguished speakers at the conference included Saudi Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar Alkhorayef, Ma’aden CEO Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Harbi, Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow, Ivanhoe Mines co-chair Robert Friedland and Alcoa president and CEO Roy Harvey.

In total, over 100 government leaders and international mining companies participated in 40 panel discussions on the future of the mining sector and its contributions to developing societies, enhancing sustainability and clear energy systems and attracting direct investments in the wider region.

Saudi Arabia is positioning itself at the centre of a new mining frontier stretching from Africa to central Asia and the Middle East. The Ministry stressed the importance of this region in contributing the minerals required for the clean energy transition.

RGN would like to offer huge thanks to Future Minerals Forum for bringing the industry together for the first time in Riyadh. We hope to see you all again next year!