Future of Mining Sector Depends on Intensified Research Efforts, Mining Exploration and Investment – Minister

Rabat – The future of the mining sector depends on intensifying efforts in the area of research, mining exploration and investments, said Thursday in Rabat, Minister of Energy, Mining and the Environment, Aziz Rabbah.

 

In a presentation on the mining sector during the Government Council, held through video conference under the chairmanship of Head of Government, Saad Dine El Otmani, the minister highlighted the importance of the mining sector for the national economy and the role it plays in the social development of the Kingdom.

Rabbah stressed that the future of this sector remains dependent on the intensification of efforts in the field of mining research and exploration, particularly in deep mining, which requires more investment, said Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Government Spokesman, Saaid Amzazi, in a statement read at a press briefing following the weekly Cabinet meeting.

After the development of the strategy for the mining sector excluding phosphates (2013-2025), the Ministry has put in place the Morocco Mining Plan 2021-2030 which will serve as a driving force for responsible and sustainable development at the national level, he said.

The minister also highlighted the major structural projects launched to improve the attractiveness of the mining sector and adapt it to new developments in the mining industry worldwide.

Regarding legislative and regulatory reforms, Rabbah outlined the main provisions contained in Bill 46.20 amending and supplementing Law 33.13 on mining, and Bill 49.20 on the status of employees of mining companies, aimed at ensuring the dignity of workers and decent work conditions.

Regarding the restructuring of traditional mining activity, the Minister stressed that the provisions of Law 15-74 relating to the mining zone of Tafilalet and Figuig have begun to be implemented, through the opening of the zone to investors within a framework of transparency and competition through legal mechanisms.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

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