Ottawa- February 18, 2021
The first virtual information sharing session between the Natural Resources Canada and the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan (MoMP) was hosted by the Global Affairs Canada on February 18, 2021.
Ambassador Soroosh participated in the opening of the session and spoke about the huge potential in the mining sector of Afghanistan as well as the recent reforms undertaken by the government of Afghanistan in this sector. He also highlighted the importance of long-term cooperation between Canada, a world leader in the mining sector and one of the largest development partners, and Afghanistan in the future.
Mr. Christopher Gibbins, Executive Director, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Division, GAC, spoke about Canada’s long-term partnership with Afghanistan in the areas of peace and development. He also highlighted the importance of cooperation between NRCan and MoMP in the future.
Mr. Luc Leboeuf, Director, International Affairs and Trade Division, NRCan, spoke about the significant role of mining sector in the economy, revenue, international trade, and job creation in Canada.
Mr. Abdullah Asifi, Program Implementation Advisor, MoMP, presented an overview of mining sector in Afghanistan; the recent reforms that have been made in the mining law and other relevant regulations; decision making in this sector; transparency in tenders; appropriate rate of royalties as well as the facilitation of license issuance and other facilities which have been provided for investors in the areas of exploration and exploitation.
The rest of speakers from NRCan presented information on technical and policy issues; exploration and production data management as well as the social impact assessment techniques.
Mr. Azim Wardak, Counsellor and Mr. Hakim Nasiry, Commercial Attaché from the Embassy also participated in this virtual session.