Namibia mining expo slated for May
Windhoek – The Chamber of Mines of Namibia has announced that the Namibian Mining Expo & Conference will be held from May 20-21 at the Safari Conference Centre in the capital.
The chamber’s Chief Executive Officer Veston Malango told the media that after the overwhelming success of the past three biennial events, it was decided to make this event an annual highlight on the country’s mining sector calendar.
“As in previous years, renowned mining companies such as Namdeb, B2Gold and Rössing will be represented, but the Expo is also an important opportunity for the growing mining services industry to showcase their businesses and get together with clients.
“The event presents an ideal opportunity to those who wish to network with and within the industry and make face-to-face contact to identify new business prospects, or enhance existing ones,” he said.
Malango said the Expo is important because it brings companies, suppliers, stakeholders and investors together in Windhoek. He said the Expo showcases the Namibian mining industry and the developments in this important sector to stakeholders, especially government, the media and the general public.
The chamber expects a record 194 participants compared to 150 in 2013. To accommodate all these exhibitors, the organisers will set up extra structures at the front and the back of the conference centre.
“The 2013 Mining Expo attracted many visitors and we expect interest to rise significantly this year as the mining industry continues to grow its contribution to the development of Namibian skills and the economy,” said Malango.
Malango said the mining conference that will be held on the side-lines of the expo will focus on the theme “Mining Industry: A catalyst for Vision 2030” and includes presentations on new projects such as Otjikoto Gold Mine; Husab Uranium Mine, and Tschudi Copper Mine.
‘Looking specifically at the future of mining in the country, the conference will also focus on vital issues such as value addition, power supply, women in mining and mining safety. There also will be sessions on the zinc and nuclear fuel industries.”
The Chamber of Mines represents the interests of all the major mining and exploration companies active in Namibia. The Chamber is celebrating 46 years of existence in 2015 and has a membership of 112 companies.
This year’s event comes on the back of Namibia being ranked the first mining investment destination in Africa, according to the latest annual global survey released by Canadian think tank- Fraser Institute.
Namibia is the top ranked mining destination in Africa and 25th globally coming ahead of places like Colorado in the United States, British Columbia in Canada and Queensland in Australia.
Commenting on the rankings, Namibia’s Minister of Mines and Energy, Isak Katali said the ranking is well deserved given the good work that the mining sector has been doing recently.
“It has to do with the procedures that we follow and the legislation that is in place. For example when it comes to the application process whether an application is going to be accepted or not the process is always conducted in a short period of time.
“It also has to do with the kind of regulations that the Ministry of Mines and Energy has in place.
Our relationship with various stakeholders such as the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry is also of great magnitude and this has helped us to solve problems that may be found in the mining sector,” he said.