DRC Mining Week Gathers Over 3000 Global and Local Mining Experts Again in High-Level Lubumbashi Meeting in June

Lubumbashi, Congo (Kinshasa), January 31, 2018 --(PR.com)-- DRC Mining Week, the long-running, flagship mining conference and expo in this mining hub, will return to Lubumbashi from 13-15 June as the mining operators are ready to take their operations to the next level. The event is the largest mining and industrial platform in the DRC, showcasing the vast investment opportunities in the sector.

“DRC Mining Week has been around for 12 years,” says the event director Emmanuelle Nicholls, “and to stay relevant we have always made sure that we have the right balance of high-level representatives from government, industry and suppliers at our conference and expo.”

She adds: “We have also made sure that we have grown with the industry and anticipated the needs of the industry as it has evolved in the DRC. This has led to an exciting, extremely practical and technologically savvy expo where the latest industry hardware and solutions are on display, where industry experts share their knowledge in free technical seminars and project developers can access the latest intelligence on projects. All in all, a mining platform for the whole industry in the hub of Lubumbashi!”

Larger expo areas
The event will feature a strategic high-level conference again that will focus on challenges and developments in the industry including finance options for mining houses, improving private and public sector relationships, the mining code, custom tariffs, training and development as well as project updates.

The inside and outside expo areas have expanded, featuring more than 160 suppliers, including country pavilions from South Africa’s Department of Trade & Industry and Zimbabwe for the first time in Lubumbashi.

DRC Mining Week’s evolution into a full industrial platform also continues as the agricultural zone will be extended this year with added equipment and fertiliser suppliers. There will furthermore be a dedicated power services and technology park as well as a machinery area for heavy equipment.

More than 3000 international mining experts and local stakeholders from more than 50 countries are expected to attend. Part of the practical learning at DRC Mining Week are the free technical workshops as well as an exclusive opportunity for delegates to attend the technical site visit to Africa’s largest copper discovery at Kamoa-Kakula copper project operated by Ivanhoe Mines.

Early confirmed speakers at the conference include:

- Serge Bilambo, Head of Mining and Metals, Standard Bank DRC
- Simon Tuma Waku, Vice President, Chamber of Mines, DRC
- Richard Robinson, Managing Director, Alphamin Bisie Mines, DRC
- Jean Jacques Mukulu, Assurance & Advisory Partner, PwC, DRC
- Jean Felix Mupande, Executive Director, Mining Cadastre, DRC
- Richard Robinson, Managing Director, Alphamin Bisie Mines, DRC
- Bertrand Montembault, Attorney - Bar of Paris, Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP, South Africa
- Mark Bristow, CEO, Randgold, UK
- Gaëtan E. Munkeni, Regional Director, FBN Bank, DRC
- Guy Nzuru, Director General – DRC Operations, Ivanhoe Mines, DRC

Industry support
As with previous editions of the event, DRC Mining Week has already secured impressive industry support through leading industry giants, including Engen as diamond sponsor, Standard Bank as platinum sponsor (both returning sponsors) while Axishouse, ERG and Randgold Resources are back as gold sponsors.

Last year, DRC Mining Week was recognised for its support of the Kinsevere Community School Project in Lubumbashi when it was named a finalist in the Social Responsibility category of the AAXO ROAR Organiser and Exhibitor Awards, which honour excellence in the exhibition and events industry on the continent.

DRC Mining Week is organised by Spintelligent, a leading Cape Town-based organiser of exhibitions and conferences across the continent in the infrastructure, real estate, energy, mining, agriculture and education sectors. Other well-known events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, Agritech Expo Zambia, Kenya Mining Forum, Future Energy East Africa, Future Energy Nigeria and Nigeria Mining Week. Spintelligent is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group.

DRC Mining Week:
Pre-conference Power Focus Day: 13 June 2018
Conference and expo: 14-15 June 2018
Site visit: 13 June 2018
Location: The Pullman Grand Karavia Hotel, Lubumbashi, DRC
DRC Mining Week
Annemarie Roodbol