“African governments and institutions have laid the groundwork”
The Africa Mining Forum Digital Event taking place from 16-20 November has a who’s who of the mining sector lined up for its long-awaited digital programme, ranging from successful mining operators, vital institutional partners and high-level government decision makers.
The opening keynote session will unpack the theme: “The next smart move: COVID-19 recovery plan to stimulate investment into mining exploration in Africa”.
The organisers have confirmed the widely respected industry expert Sheila Khama, Non-Executive Director, Consultant and Minerals, Oil and Gas Policy Advisor to chair these leading experts in the discussion:
• H.E Francis Gatare, CEO, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, Rwanda
• Emma Wade-Smith OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa, UK Department of Trade, South Africa
• Jörgen Sandström, Head of Mining and Metals Industry, World Economic Forum, Switzerland
• Hubert Danso, CEO and Vice Chairman, Africa Investor, South Africa
Comprehensive digital line-up
“Africa Mining Forum, is a premium mining investment tool providing a unique opportunity for junior miners and investors seeking opportunities in African emerging as well as mature mining markets,” says event manager Elodie Delagneau.
“The current pandemic has undoubtedly exposed some weaknesses and vulnerabilities of the supply value chain and will force miners to anticipate and mitigate price volatility and downturns in the future to encourage investors’ decision making.
“In partnership with our media partner, Mining Review Africa, our programme helps to address these uncertainties.
“What COVID-19 has made clear, is that there has never been a more critical time to work together to support our employees and local communities,” explains William Witham, CEO of AAMEG, the Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group, a returning supporting association and speaker.
“Looking ahead, collaboration between government, civil society and the private sector will play an important role in helping African economies and supply chains rebuild. The mining industry will have a crucial role to play in responsibly producing the metals and minerals needed to aid economic recovery and continue the transition to a low-carbon economy.”
A Ministerial Forum with top government representatives from DRC, Rwanda, Botswana and Lesotho during Africa Mining Forum furthermore will give an in-depth view of how the mining sectors in these regions have fared under COVID conditions.
The session will be broadcast on 19 November from 09:00-10:30 GMT and will feature the following esteemed guests:
• Hon. Francis Gatare, CEO, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, Rwanda
• Hon. Serialong Qoo, Minister, Ministry of Mining, Government of Lesotho
• Hon. Lefoko M. Moagi, Minister, Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Botswana
• H.E. Willy Kitobo, Minister, Ministry of Mines, DRC
• H.E. Leopold Mboli Fatran, Minister, Ministry of Mines, Central African Republic
“In the last 10 months, stakeholders and mining institutions have responded swiftly and collaboratively from a health and safety perspective in the short term,” says Africa Mining Forum’s Delagneau, “and built and consolidated relationships with the communities affected by the pandemic.”
“African governments and institutions have laid the groundwork to support and mitigate the long-term economic impact on the supply chains, communities and operations. What emerged from this resilience plan was the obvious need for efficiency and collaboration between governments, communities and mining companies.”
She continues: “During the exclusive panel on 19 November, four mining ministers will share their experiences of how they adapted during the pandemic, the mitigation plans that they implemented, the challenges they faced to keep the industry afloat and to revive mining operations.”
“We will unpack best practices in Rwanda, Lesotho, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo, hear about their commitments and outlook for the industry to understand what can be done at national and continental levels.”
Africa Mining Forum’s five-day, comprehensive digital line-up will also include:
• 12 Strategic Spotlights
• Women in Mining
• Mining Market Place
Some of the focus areas of the Spotlight sessions:
– The Africa/Australia mining connection: What do investors have in mind?
– Beyond gold: West Africa’s potential to feed the emerging battery metals market
– “Made in Africa”: Building a solid beneficiation industry to deliver better return on investment
– Managing ESG compliance and investor expectations
– Reshaping energy capital flows to drive positive investment into mining
– How do you prepare for tomorrow’s mine today?
– Raising lucrative capital for juniors in Africa
– Attracting responsible mining and natural resources investment in the Great Lakes region in a pandemic environment
Aldango Gold Refinery is the returning diamond sponsor for the Africa Mining Forum Digital Event, while LuNa Smelter is once again the gold sponsor. The event is also supported by bronze sponsors Basil Read, Catoca, GTK, HTDS and Secon Sonic Technology.
About Africa Mining Forum
Earlier this year the mining industry gained an exciting new multi-touchpoint partner when Africa Mining Forum transformed into a year-round platform, providing engagement and content for 365 days a year, covering all corners of the continent’s junior mining activities and opportunities.
This mining investment platform has its roots in the very successful East & Central Africa Mining Forum, which took place in Kigali last year, hosted by the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB).
Event organiser Clarion Events Africa is a leading Cape Town-based and multi-award winning organiser of exhibitions and conferences across the continent in the infrastructure, energy and mining sectors. Other well-known events by Clarion Events Africa include DRC Mining Week, Nigeria Mining Week, African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa, Utility CEO Forums, Future Energy East Africa and Future Energy Nigeria. The company is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group.