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Geoscience congress discusses future mineral needs

Resources ministers from around the world went to Brisbane to participate including the Australian Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson, Russian Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Denis Khramov and Vietnamese Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc.

China?s Minister of Land and Resources, Xu Shaoshi, spoke on China?s perspective for future resources demand at the IGC?s first plenary session.

The International Resources Ministers Forum was staged as part of the 34th IGC in Brisbane from 5 to 10 August, 2012.

IGC President Dr Neil Williams said that the ministers? forum offered a government perspective on the supply and demand of mineral and energy resources in the medium to long term.

?The global resources industry faces significant challenges driven by a growing population, rapid economic development and social change,? Dr Williams said.

?Each minister will share their country?s position on these issues, which will fuel a truly global discussion about managing the consequences of increasing resources usage.?

He said Vale?s head of global exploration and mineral project development, Marcio Luis Silva Godoy, would provide valuable insights into the supply side of the equation.

The Congress enabled industry leaders, research organisations, professional societies and government departments to engage with the global geoscience community. More than 5000 delegates attended from over 112 countries.

Source: The Australian Geoscience Council

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