DRC Mining Week gathers over 3000 global and local mining experts during its famous conference in Lubumbashi in June 2018 . Mining & Business met with Elodie Delagneau, Event Director for DRC Mining Week to share her vision and unveil the key features for the 2018 edition.
Tell us a little bit about the DRC Mining Week and how the event has evolved over the years.
DRC Mining Week has been around for 12 years and to remain relevant we have always made sure that we have the right balance of high-level representatives from government, industry and suppliers at our conference and expo. The event has evolved into a flagship conference and expo whichindustrial platform in the DRC, showcasing the vast investment opportunities in the sector. We have also made sure that we have grown with the industry and anticipated its needs as it has evolved in the DRC. This has led to an exciting, extremely practical and technologically savvy expo where the latest industry hardware and solutions are on display, where industry experts share their knowledge in free technical seminars and where project developers can discover the latest innovations in mining projects. All in all, a mining platform for the whole industry in the hub of Lubumbashi!
What differentiates DRC Mining Week and how will attendees gain from participating?
DRC Mining Week has built its reputation by bringing international stakeholders and investors to the DRC. Year after year, the international participation keeps on growing with a ratio reaching 60% local and 40% international in 2017. Over 40 countries are expected to be represented this year which will include the South African pavilion with 31 companies and the Zimbabwean pavilion with ten companies.
The event also has at heart to give equal opportunities to all suppliers to present their solutions for the mining sector. SME’s will benefit from a dedicated zone to meet with existing clients and potential partners and demonstrate what local suppliers have to offer to improve the efficiency of mining operations in the DRC.
DRC Mining Week is not just an exhibition and conference. It is a meeting and networking platform for all attendees to meet, discuss and create synergies for the benefit of the industry. Once again this year, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates will be given the opportunity to connect and exchange before the event via an online matchmaking platform. This tool will provide them with the opportunity to schedule their business meetings according to the conference sessions they wish to attend and the busy social calendar offered by DRC Mining Week.
What are the new expo features in 2018?
The indoor and outdoor expo areas have expanded, featuring more than 160 local and international suppliers. DRC Mining Week’s evolution into a full industrial platform also continues as the agricultural zone will be extended this year with added equipment and fertiliser suppliers. There will furthermore be a dedicated power services and Technology Park as well as a machinery area for heavy equipment.
More than 3300 international mining experts and local stakeholders from over 40 countries are expected to attend. Part of the practical learning at DRC Mining Week is the free technical workshops as well as an exclusive opportunity for delegates to participate the technical site visit to Africa’s largest copper discovery at Kamoa-Kakula copper project operated by Ivanhoe Mines.
What will be the hot topics tackled at the conference?
The event will feature a houses, improving private and public sector relationships, the mining code, customs tariffs, training and development as well as project updates.
Early confirmed speakers at the conference include:
- Serge Bilambo, Head of Mining and Metals, Standard Bank DRC
- Simon Tuma Waku, Vice President, Chamber of Mines, DRC
- Richard Robinson, Managing Director, Alphamin Bisie Mines, DRC
- Jean Jacques Mukulu, Assurance & Advisory Partner, PwC, DRC
- Jean Felix Mupande, Executive Director, Mining Cadastre, DRC
- Bertrand Montembault, Attorney – Bar of Paris, Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP, South Africa
- Mark Bristow, CEO, Randgold, UK
- Gaëtan E. Munkeni, Regional Director, FBN Bank, DRC
Full information on the event and registration available on www.drcminingweek.com