NMDC's int'l meet on minerals & metals concludes

New Delhi: The valedictory session of the two-day International seminar on "Minerals and Metals – Outlook 2030" organized by NMDC and supported by Ministry of Steel, Ministry of Mines and Ministry of External Affairs, DIPP, Government of India, concluded on Wednesday at Delhi. The two-day seminar saw participation from about 600 participants from 16 countries, presentations from over 30 international speakers, CEO sessions and panel discussions on the theme of the seminar.

Chief Guest Shri Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, Minister of State for Coal & Mines, Govt of India in his address said "We wish India to achieve the target of 300 million tonnes production capacity of steel by 2030 and Ministry of Mines will extend support for the same".

The international conference was applauded by one and all and appreciated the efforts of NMDC and especially of Shri N. Baijendra Kumar, IAS, CMD, NMDC for coming up with this initiative to bring in world experts from minerals & metals industry to one platform.

Rasika Choube, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Steel, outlined the various measures taken up by Ministry of Steel to promote Make in India for the steel industry. She further urged the national and international metal & mining fraternity to invest in India taking in to account the bright spot India is with respect to these sectors.

Bipul Pathak, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Govt of India said "India will boost the capacity of steel & iron production very soon". He also stressed that without the contribution of all, the potential of the Minerals and Metals industry cannot be achieved. He congratulated NMDC for the glorious journey of excellence in the last 60 years and achieving five star rating by IBM for all of its major mines, he said NMDC is a role model for other mining companies".

Naveen Jindal, Chairman, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd commented "India will be the second largest producer of steel in next couple of months". He also emphaized the importance of NMDC for India to achieve 300 MT production capacity.

Alarmel Mangai, Managing Director, CMDC, Chhattisgarh in her address recognized the pivotal role of minerals growth of industrialization in Chhattisgarh. The government has also taken number of policy decisions to eliminate procedural hindrances and appreciated NMDC's efforts being the biggest miner in the state is doing lot of CSR activities for the upliftment of the society.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr T R K Rao, Director (Commercial), NMDC, gave the details of the different aspects the industry can take to enhance and encourage the use of technology in Mining. He also appreciated the experts from different countries who presented their views, on how the industry has to gear up to be relevant and impactful till the year 2030. He also said these two days of knowledge sharing on metals and minerals will forge new partnerships between Indian and international companies and help create new pathways of collaboration.

Dr Narendra K Nanda, Director (Technical), NMDC Ltd & Convenor of the conference in his address stressed upon contribution of Minerals and Metals industries. He also emphasized upon eco-friendly mining techniques and optimum usage and conservation of these precious natural resources. NMDC has been leading from the front in ushering new technologies in the Minerals and Metals industry, conservation of natural resources and make the public more sensitized towards the hazards that operators face in the minerals and metals industry".

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