Mitrovica – 10-11 October 2019
The Faculty of Geosciences, University of Mitrovica “Isa Boletini” together with the Ministry of Economic Development (Department of Mines and Geological Service of Kosovo) and the Independent Commission for Mines and Minerals held the first International Multidisciplinary Conference on Geosciences (IMGC 2019) with the title “GEOSOCIENCES, THEIR ROLE IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The conference was attended by the US Embassy, Republic of Kosovo, Albania, Poland, Turkey, Slovenia and Finland.
There were speeches by representatives of the Faculty of Geosciences, University of Mitrovica “Isa Boletini”, Academician Minir Dushi, representative of the US Embassy Mr. Dillan Green, Rector of the University of Prishtina Mr. Marjan Demi and others. The speech delivered by the ICMM Board Chairman Mr. Musa Shabani emphasized the importance of the mining industry in sustainable economic and social development. The mining industry continues to be important for the development of society and its modernization. Kosovo is one of the countries that has a wide range and potential for development of the mining sector, it possesses over 12.5 billion tons of lignite reserves, over 60 million tons of Pb and Zn reserves, associated with Au, Ag, precious elements, with potential reserves of Mg and Fe-Ni, Al, Cr industrial minerals, construction minerals, geothermal waters, mineral waters and prospective oil and gas exploration, solid legal basis, and above all with human resources of a the new generation presents a favorable opportunity for the development of the mining industry. Among other things, Mr. Shabani stated that the Independent Commission for Mines and Minerals currently manages 655 mining entities of which 184 are Exploration Licenses, 203 Exploitation Licenses and 268 Permits for Special Activities.
The ICMM Board Chairman Mr. Musa Shabani summarized the importance of this sector, as well as Kosovo’s mineral potential. A total of 52 scientific papers were presented at the Conference. The organizer and participants expressed the wish that conferences of this nature continue in the future