Overwhelming support for DRC mining sector
Held in the country’s mining hub of Lubumbashi, a record number of more than 500 visitors from 35 countries attended the conference and exhibition.
Some 94 local and international companies showcased their technology and services for the sector in the indoor and outdoor exhibition areas.
The exhibition included a large South African pavilion brought to the event by the South African Department of Trade and Industry.
“Creating the DRC Mining Week and combining the longstanding mining events iPAD DRC and Katanga Mining Week have proven hugely successful,” says the event director, Elodie Delagneau,
“The visitor numbers and the support from the industry show that we have once again provided a forum that is meeting the needs of the mining sector.”
DRC Mining Week provided four days of high-level networking, free training and the latest technologies, including a Power Focus Day, two-day conference, busy technical workshops, indoor and bigger outdoor expo, the Mining Industry Awards, CEO roundtables, B2B speed-networking and site visits.
The newly-appointed Provincial Minister of Mines from Haut Katanga, H.E. Kitobo Samsoni, made a welcome appearance and attended the closing session of the strategic conference. The current governor of Katanga Province, Jean Claude Kazembe, attended the opening session and handed over the Lifetime Achievement during the DRC Mining Industry Awards to Louis Watum,
Managing Director of Ivanhoe Mines.
Ivanhoe also won the Clean Energy Project of the Year while Tenke Fungurume was named Mining Company of the Year for the second year in a row. The Banro Foundation won the Community Development and Local Content category.
It is the third year that mining pioneers and leading companies in the DRC were rewarded at what have become coveted DRC Mining Industry Awards.
– CAJ News
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