Planning begins for Zambia mining, trade expofrom ARNOLD MULENGA in Lusaka, Zambia
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – THIS year’s Copperbelt Mining and Trade Expo (CBM-TEC) is anticipated to add value to the Zambian investment climate.
The Zambia Chamber of Mines has endorsed the exhibition and conference set for May 5-6 at the Mist Gardens in Kitwe, the heart of the Zambian Copperbelt.
“CBM-TEC 2015 will truly add value to the Zambia investment climate and help in networking local small and medium enterprises with international players,” says Jackson Sikamo, President of the Zambia Chamber of Mines.
This edition will follow a hugely successful launch of the event last year that ‘put the Copperbelt on the map’ and exceeded all expectations with 92 exhibitors, 1 600 visitors and 140 conference delegates.
More than 30 more companies are expected to exhibit this year.
This year, the event enjoys the support of industry and is endorsed by the Zambia Chamber of Mines.
CBM-TEC event director, Nicole Smith, says last year’s launch was a landmark event for the Copperbelt region and a strong signal from the industry that it is a much-needed forum.
“We have shown that there is great benefit in creating a professional attendance platform that caters to all segments of the mining value chain – an event where suppliers and buyers can link up.
“Our message remains that Zambia is a mining hot spot and the country’s political stability and legal framework have made it an attractive investment environment.
“Investors are always concerned about their risk and those conversations flare up when laws are set to change,” Smith says.
Sandvik Mining is returning as platinum sponsor for the event while the Association of Zambian Mineral Exploration Companies (AZMEC) and the Lusaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry are also supporters again.
Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK are organising CBM-TEC.
Zambia’s mining sector contributes more than 70 percent to country’s foreign earnings.
– CAJ News
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