Arkab takes office at head of newly-created Ministry of Mines

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ALGIERS- Mr. Mohamed Arkab took, on Wednesday, office as Minister of Mines, following the creation of a ministry for this sector as part of the recent partial cabinet reshuffle operated, on Tuesday, by the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, said a press release from Ministry of Industry.

At the end of the handover ceremony, held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Industry and Mines, Mr. Arkab declared that the main objective of the creation of a new ministry for the Mines sector was the optimal exploitation of mineral wealth of Algeria for the creation of wealth and added value.

Mr. Arkab, who occupied the post of Minister of Energy and Mines, indicated that the creation of this ministry “will allow the implementation of the government’s strategy to find other non-hydrocarbon resources and the establishment of a strong sector based on purely economic objectives at the service of the national industry.

For his part, the Minister of Industry, Ferhat Ait Ali Braham recalled that the creation of a Ministry of Mines was among the government’s priorities, given the significant underground resources that the sector considered as a base for the supply of the national market with raw materials and the revival of the industrial sector in Algeria.

In the same vein, he stressed the importance of the independence of this sector which will benefit from all the means necessary for its development, particularly in the fields of exploration and production so as to meet the requirements of the national economy and industry.

Born on February 19, 1966 in Hussein-Dey (Algiers), Mr. Arkab is a state mechanical engineer. He was appointed, in March 2019, Minister of Energy after having occupied several higher functions, including the posts of general manager of the company ETTERKIB, of CEO of the Engineering Company of Electricity and Gas (CEEG ) and CEO of the national electricity and gas company (Sonelgaz).

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