Presentation of Afghan Mining Sector at the International Convention and Trade Show PDAC in Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada, 5th to 9th March 2017 – This week, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, MoCI, (namely its Deputy Minister Mr Mohammad Haqjo) and the Afghan Embassy in Ottawa (namely the minister’s counsellor Mr Mohammad Nader Yama) promoted the Afghan Mining sector at the world’s leading convention and investor exchange event on mineral exploration and exploitation: the PDAC.

The Trade Show attracts over 900 exhibitors out of the mining and related sectors. More than 22,000 people from 125 countries attended the event. Industry stakeholder and keyplayer’s interests as well as concerns are identified and discussed by governmental representatives, international organisations and private company members.

Attendees learned about best practices showcased by industry experts. For instance, the global economic outlook regarding precious metals or copper were discussed – an information relevant to Afghanistan. Governance and transparency in the mining sector have also been addressed. The necessity of adhering to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) standards was one of the topics. Afghanistan has been applying for full membership since 2010. In addition, ideas on how to improve beneficial cooperation between mining industry stakeholders and local communities were discussed.