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Afghanistan anticipates mining growth by joining IGF

AT-KABUL: Afghanistan is anticipating a substantial growth in the mining sector as the country has joined the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining (IGF), as the only policymaking organization for natural resources.

The Afghan minister of mines and petroleum on Wednesday expressed hope that IGF membership was considered to a golden chance for Afghanistan in processing of mines.

NargisNehan, acting mines and petroleum minister said the organization supports the member countries in the sphere of capacity building and proper use of mines. The IGF coordinates dwith donors, international organizations, civil society and the private sector during special annual meetings.

Abdul QadirMutfa, the spokesman of mines and petroleum ministry, said the IGF was the only intergovernmental and international organization for preparing policy guides for mineral sources, cooperating with member countries for proper use, getting more benefit and attracting foreign investors for mines and economic development.

Afghanistan can benefit from its membership of IGF by building its capacity, policy, attract assistance of mineral sectors and implementation of mines extraction policy, he concluded.

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