Representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Institute NIISM as well as of the Institute for Nature Management of the NASB told in detail about the dynamics of mining in our country. They listed main types of mineral resources, described proven and promising fields. The need to strengthen cooperation with their Russian counterparts in the framework of the Union State was underlined. Personnel and financing problems were touched too. Scholars and practitioners agreed, that today it is worth paying more attention to the already known sources of minerals. After all, there still are unexplored horizons and the problem of more advanced processing of mineral raw materials is actual.