Saturday, June 11, 2011

Critical minerals forum webcast on Monday

Materials forwarded by Thiago Antinori at the National Mining Association note that "the U.S. uses vast amounts of critical minerals to meet its needs in manufacturing, national security, product innovation and economic growth. Each year nearly $2 trillion is added to our domestic economy by major industries that use mineral materials, Yet despite vast reserves of key mineral resources, for nearly 20 years the U.S. has attracted an ever-declining share of worldwide investment in minerals exploration and is increasingly dependent upon imports to meet its needs. Growing demand for minerals worldwide, coupled with their strategic and economic importance underscore the need for policies that address our 21st century needs."

The Financial Times and National Mining Association are hosting an Executive Forum at the Newseum in Washington DC on Monday, June 13. "The event will feature government, national security, technology and minerals mining experts to discuss how public policy is affecting our nation’s ability to meet critical minerals needs to promote product innovation, national security and economic growth." [photo credit, NMA]

Key Discussion Topics Include:

-What is the role of minerals across the industrial supply chain?
-How can metal mining projects act as catalysts for local economic development?
-What are the risks of dependence on mineral imports and how can this dependence be reversed?
-What actions should be taken for the United States to foster investment in the sector and remain competitive?
-Are the regulatory framework, the permitting process and the tax policies in place conducive to investment?

Keynote speakers at the event will include:

· Hal Quinn, president and CEO, National Mining Association
· Steven J. Duclos, chief scientist and manager, Material Sustainability, GE Global Research
· Roderick Eggert, professor & director, Div of Economics and Business, Colorado School of
· Frank Gaffney, founder and president, Center for Security Policy
· Colin Hayes, professional staff, Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee

You can watch it LIVE via the Minerals Make Life website.

Arizona is the #1 mining state in the nation (although Nevada occasionally takes the title when gold prices soar)

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