SA keen to boost mining ties with DRC
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THERE will be a notable presence of South African companies at next week’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Mining Week expo and conference in Lubumbashi.
The Department of Trade and Industry will lead a large delegation of suppliers to the mining and related sectors to the exhibition and conference expected to attract more than 1 000 mining professionals.
DRC’s Minister of Mines, Martin Kabwelulu Labilo, is scheduled to open the event while Cameroon’s Minister of Industry and Technology Development, Ernest Gwaboubou, is also lined up to attend the opening keynote session.
Pumla Ncapayi, Deputy Director-General: Trade and Investment South Africa at the Department of Trade and Industry, said her country was committed to the implementation of the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap by increasing partnerships with DRC in advancing the Agenda 2063.
“In this context, we view the DRC as a strategic partner on the continent and we believe that participation in the DRC Mining Week provides us with an ideal platform to expose our local businesspeople in the mining and allied industries to opportunities in the DRC especially within the infrastructure realm which has presented a myriad of opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.”
“South Africa is steadfast in its commitment towards creating tangible partnerships with the DRC so as to ensure that the DRC develops into a key driver of Africa’s economic development with its vast water resources and
its untapped mineral reserves which are of global importance.”
Among the South African delegation, 15 companies were selected for the DRC Mining Week comprising seven SMMEs and eight large companies. The expo is scheduled for 8-10 June.
– CAJ News
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