Minister of Mining visits Brazil

2015-09-25 17:41:36

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Mining R.Jigjid paid a working visit to Brazil on September 21-24. He met with the Environment Minister of Brazil Ms Izabella Teixeira, and got au fait with the activities of Brazillian national mining venture and mining institute.

Brazilian Environment Minister and Mongolian Minig Minister shared information on limiting of mercury usage in mining operations, in accordance with the Minamoto Convention.

He also held official meetings with the Vice Minister of Mining and Energy Luiz Eduardo and the Secretary for Geology and Mining Mr Carlos Nogueira da Costa Junior, as well as with other high officials.

The meetings considered the issues of illegal operations, artisanal mining, mining companies' relations with locals, investment and tax environments, and opportunities for further cooperation between the two countries.

The Brazilian side accepted with pleasure the Mongolia's initiative to involve Brazilian specialists in mining explorations in Mongolia and to exchange geologists.

Brazil is one of the largest mining countries in the world, ranking in tenth place for its extraction of iron ore.

Mongolia and Brazil have some common issues in the mining sphere, and the officials exchanged views on renovating the legal environments, legalizing artisanal mining, increasing investments, enhancing tax conditions, and sophisticating the environmental rehabilitation, mine closures and geological studies.

The Brazilian authorities expressed their readiness to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in resolving the issues before the two countries mining sectors.