Mining Invasion Expected in Nairobi Again Next Week When Kenya Mining Forum Gathers Industry’s Finest

Nairobi, Kenya, November 30, 2017 --( Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in the Mining Ministry, the Hon. Dan Kazungu, will once again open the Kenya Mining Forum that is returning to Nairobi from 4-5 December, following a hugely successful inaugural event last year.

“Since 2016’s Mining Forum,” says Hon Kazungu, “Kenya has jumped 16 positions in the world’s most attractive mining investment destinations globally from position 102 to 86 according to a survey by Fraser Institute. This has been attributed to six key pillars of Kenya’s Mining reform agenda that are driving transformation. These include the 20 year Mining Strategy and Roadmap, Mining and Minerals policy, Mining Act 2016, comprehensive and progressive mining regulations, robust competitive and attractive fiscal policy and current geo data.”

He adds: “Great significant strides have also been made in reforming our mining regulatory framework in Kenya among them; the operationalization of the online mining cadastre, which enables a transparent online application of mining licenses. Another key reform is the implementation of the Mining Act 2016, which has seen 14 mining regulations effected, ushering in a new dawn for a modern and forward looking mining sector in the country.”

Varied and practical programme
This year Kenya Mining Forum is once again hosted by the Kenya Ministry of Mining, in collaboration with the Chamber of Mines.

A varied conference programme focuses on industry issues and challenges ranging from finance, legislation, women in mining, the gemstone sector to CSR. The expo showcases leading technology and services for the sector while a practical workshop programme offers free training and up skilling for mining professionals.

“I expect lift-off in the mining sector over the next 5-10 years.”

Other mining experts, industry representatives and suppliers who will be at Kenya Mining Forum include:

· “Base Titanium’s key message is to show the world what is possible to achieve in Kenya.”
- Joe Schwarz – General Manager External Affairs and Development at Base Titanium, the returning exclusive diamond sponsors of the Kenya Mining Forum.

· “Kenya’s free market credentials give it a unique opportunity to crowd international and domestic investors in. I expect lift-off in this sector over the next 5-10 years.”
- Aly-Khan Satchu, Chief Executive Officer, Rich Management Ltd, Board Member, Base Titanium and keynote speaker at Kenya Mining Forum.

· “The Kenya Chamber of Mines is consistent in its mandate to ensure that the environment for investment in the sector is stable and predictable.”
- Moses Njiru Njeru, CEO, Kenya Chamber of Mines (KCM), speaker and partner organisation of Kenya Mining Forum.

· “Accurate tonnages from scales or weighbridges are a win-win situation for all players involved in mining production.”
- Dingiswayo Phiri, Head Sales & Marketing, Spruceland Technologies Group Ltd in Zambia and bronze sponsor.

· “Let us look at adopting mining and exploration practices that ensure a sustainable eco-system.”
- Leakey Tom, Sales Director at Scania East Africa Ltd, bronze sponsor.

· “Our message at Kenya Mining Forum is to share knowledge on the latest innovations of using GIS in mining and specifically ArcGIS, and remote sensing. The business of mineral exploration and extraction is inherently spatial.”
- Judah arap Bett, Managing Director of ESRI Eastern Africa, bronze sponsor.

· “What makes Kenya's gemstones unique is the story behind the gems, the tenacity and resilience of the miners - both men and women.”
- Diana Atieno, founder and MD of Porini Gems in Kenya, and featured panellist during the Women in Mining Breakfast.

· “At Extractives Baraza, our ultimate goal is to enhance stakeholder engagement in Kenya's extractives sector.”
- Dr. Melba K. Wasunna, SJD, Director, Extractives Baraza, Kenya. At the upcoming Kenya Mining Forum, Dr Wasunna is chairing a session on Corporate Social Responsibility.

· “The main challenge has to be the impact of the mining sector on the environment and the planet. The sector has to be creative enough to be sustainable.”
- Karin Boomsma, Project Co-ordinator, Sustainable Inclusive Business, KEPSA, Kenya and panellist at the event.

The full expert interviews can be found on the event website.

Mining and infrastructure events
The Kenya Mining Forum is organised by Spintelligent, a well-known trade conference and expo organiser on the African continent. The company has particular expertise and experience in mining and infrastructure development events; including the long running flagship shows such as DRC Mining Week in Lubumbashi, Nigeria Mining Week in Abuja, Future Energy East Africa (formerly EAPIC) in Nairobi, Future Energy Nigeria (formerly WAPIC) in Lagos and African Utility Week in Cape Town.

Kenya Mining Forum dates and location:
Conference and expo: 4-5 December 2017
Venue: Safari Park Hotel & Casino, Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya Mining Forum
Annemarie Roodbol