In his word at the opening of Egypt Mining Forum 2022 on Monday, the minister said Egypt has a distinct geological nature and many types of minerals, sources of energy, distinguished mining cadres, and the infrastructure including road and transport networks, airports and seaports overlooking two of the most important maritime trade routes globally.

He invited international companies to invest in the concession areas of Shalateen Mineral Resources Company to explore gold and minerals there after the discovery of a gold deposit in the Eastern Desert's "Iqat" region, in addition to the investment opportunities available in the Golden Triangle area.

Molla also underlined his ministry's efforts to develop the Egyptian mining sector as per an ambitious program.

The Egypt Mining Forum is Egypt’s premier mining, minerals and commodities event taking place at the Sky Executive Resort in Cairo. Hosted by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, the Forum brings together key regional stakeholders, international mining companies, and investors who are looking to do business in Egypt and North Africa.

The forum sheds light on Egypt’s financing roadmap and how foreign investment and partnerships will be key drivers to unlocking value within the mining sector.

Over 15 speakers discusses these topics and more, providing the most significant meeting of regional and global stakeholders including mining majors and juniors, investors and government project owners from Africa and North Africa.