The Mining Caravan of the Drâa-Tafilalet region aimed at the transfer of knowledge and technical skills to miners ended on Tuesday in Errachidia.
The event, which took place from 10 to 15 March, was attended by a dozen miners from the provinces of Errachidia, Tinghir, Midelt, Figuig and Missour. It is part of the actions aimed at equipping miners in these provinces with skills and good practices enabling them to enrich their experiences and work in compliance with safety conditions.
The aim of this caravan, organized under the aegis of the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development and in partnership with the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University of Benguerir, the Regional Investment Centre (IRC) Darâa-Tafilalet and the Central Purchasing and Development of the Tafilalet and Figuig Mining Region (CADETAF), is also to promote the mining potential of the Drâa-The European Union will continue to support the development of the region and encourage productive investment in this sector, which employs a large part of the region’s population.
On this occasion, the Director General of the IRC of the Drâa-Tafilalet region, Allal El Baz, said that this caravan, initiated in coordination with regional and local actors, It has helped to accompany several mining craftsmen through training sessions focusing on the priority elements for a good exploitation of mining wealth at the regional level.
The focus was on topics related to mining techniques, mineral exploration and mining, mineral processing and aspects related to safety and health in the workplace, added Mr. El Baz in a statement to M24, the MAP continuous information chain.
Stressing that IRC Draa-Tafilalet is fully aware of the importance of the mining sector in the region’s economic dynamics, Mr El Baz said that the caravan was intended to be a contribution by the IRC to the skills and know-how of artisanal miners in order, on the one hand, to contribute to the improvement of the economic, financial and social conditions of this category, and, on the other hand, participate in the preservation of the environment.
On the sidelines of this caravan, workshops were organized with various partners including the National Agency for the Development of Oasian Zones and Argan (ANDZOA) and the Agency of the Hydraulic Basin of Guir-Ziz-Rhéris and focused on identifying a number of topics that could be researched later, he said.
For her part, Hanane Legnaoui, coordinator of the mining caravan of the Drâa-Tafilalet region, indicated that during these days, and with the contribution of the supervisors of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, “we have emphasized the importance of occupational health and safety, as well as methods of mining and mineral enrichment, mining techniques and geology.”
The aim is to enable artisanal miners to make better use of the small mine and to contribute to economic and social development and the preservation of the environment, she explained.
At the end of the training sessions given to 85 miners in the framework of this caravan, certificates of participation were issued.
Launched by the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, the aim of this caravan is to promote appropriate exploitation of geological strata with a view to producing mineral wealth and ensuring a better exploitation of production, which will have beneficial economic effects, social and environmental.