Armenia joins Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development
YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 28, ARMENPRESS. The Government of the Republic of Armenia, through its Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure, expressed its commitment to good governance of the mining sector by joining the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), Armenpress reports citing the IGF website.
“We are pleased to welcome Armenia as the IGF’s 75th member,” said Greg Radford, Director, IGF. “Every nation that joins the forum brings a unique perspective and adds depth to the dialogue. We look forward to Armenia’s participation and welcome their efforts to leverage mining for sustainable development.”
“We find the Forum very useful for intergovernmental dialogue, exchange of experiences and knowledge for making better decisions in our country”, said Suren Papikyan, Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia.
Deputy Minister Lilia Shushanyan, who is coordinating the mining sector in Armenia and initiated the IGF membership process, noted that Armenia is on the threshold of designing its first Mining Strategy. The main goal of this strategy is to ensure a stronger link between the country’s efforts on sustainable development, achieving its national development priorities and supporting the fulfillment of the SDG targets through its mining operations. Ms. Shushanyan stated that Armenia should continuously study best practices on various environmental and social sectoral issues and try to implement them for the sake of Armenian people and economy. “It is a high time to join and reap the fruits from professional and intergovernmental forums like IGF that was established with sustainable development as a core vision.”
The IGF supports more than 70 nations committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure that negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared. It is devoted to optimizing the benefits of mining to achieve poverty reduction, inclusive growth, social development and environmental stewardship.