Africa Mining Forum billed to hold November, will host top government representatives from DRC, Rwanda, Botswana and Lesotho.
The digital event is expected to give an in-depth view of how the mining sectors in these regions have fared under COVID conditions.
Africa Mining Forum’s event manager Elodie Delagneau said, “In the last 10 months, stakeholders and mining institutions have responded swiftly and collaboratively from a health and safety perspective in the short term and built and consolidated relationships with the communities affected by the pandemic.”
Delagneau added that, “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.”
According to Delagneau, 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,” Delagneau said.
The session will be broadcast on 19 November and will feature:, CEO Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, Hon. Francis Gatare, Rwanda; Minister, Ministry of Mineral Resources Green Technology and Energy Security Hon.
Lefoko M. Moagi, Botswana; Minister, Ministry of Mining Lesotho, Hon. Serialize Qoo and Minister, Ministry of Mines, DRC, H.E. Willy Kitobo.
Other mining sector experts that will be featured during Africa Mining Forum from 16-20 November include: Non-Executive Director, Consultant and Minerals, Oil and Gas Policy Advisor Sheila Khama; Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa, UK Department of Trade, South Africa, Emma Wade-Smith OBE, Head of Mining and Metals Industry, World Economic Forum, Switzerland, Jörgen Sandström; CEO and Vice Chairman, Africa Investor South Africa, Hubert Danso.
Africa Mining Forum’s five-day, comprehensive digital line-up will also include: 12 Strategic Spotlights, Women in Mining, Matchmaking and 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; Raising lucrative capital for juniors in Africa; Dive into mining jurisdictions: What do you know about Guinea?; The gold potential of the DRC and Attracting responsible mining and natural resources investment in the Great Lakes region in a pandemic environment.
Source: Mining Weekly