Jordan, Iraq sign cooperation protocol for mining

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 AMMAN — On Thursday, Jordan and Iraq signed a protocol for technical cooperation in the fields of geology and mining, focusing on legislation and policies that enable both countries to leverage mineral wealth and facilitate and encourage investment in the sector, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The protocol was signed by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Saleh Kharabsheh, and Iraqi Minister of Industry and Minerals, Manhal Aziz al-Khabbaz.

Under the protocol, Jordan and Iraq will exchange expertise on research and drilling for mineral resources, evaluating them, and prepping for their utilization.

Additionally, both countries will set up an information database for ores to present to investors, and cooperate on applying geochemical and geophysical methods and modern technologies to search for metallic and non-metallic mineral ores. 

The two countries will also conduct research to improve mineral ores' specifications and adapt them for industrial use.

Kharabsheh said that the two sides formed a joint committee of experts and specialists to set up a mechanism to follow up and implement the articles and provisions of the protocol. He also pointed out that the two sides agreed on an action plan for 2022 to outline steps and procedures to create opportunities for the next stage.

He stressed the importance of the protocol within the framework of the ministry's efforts to support the sector, noting that Jordan is rich in natural resources that should be leveraged to implement royal directives, provide the national economy with added value and raise the sector's contribution to the gross domestic product.

He stressed the importance of the protocol in outlining areas of cooperation, establishing future partnerships, and increasing the volume of investment and trade between the two countries.

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