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4th West & Central Africa Mining Summit 2011
Accra, Ghana, September 26-27, 2011

Quick facts:-

  • Number of Participants = 354
  • Number of Exhibiting Companies = 19
  • Number of Countries represented = 34
  • Number of presentations made = 24

This fourth edition was especially timely given the growing interest in African mining resources by international players from China, Brazil, India, Russia etc. In an IMF forecast issued early this year, African countries are expected to take seven out of the 10 top places in the world mining industries over the next five years. More importantly, this is the only Summit focusing on the West & Central Africa Mining & extractive industries. It has established itself as the only event for all existing stakeholders as well as new entrants exploring opportunities in this emerging region. 34 countries were represented at this Summit, making it a truly international event.

Ghana’s commitment and support to this event was evident from the participation of top level delegation from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Minerals Commission and the Ghana Chamber of Mines.

Representatives from the African continent include Hon Abdul Ignosi Koroma, Deputy Minister of Mines & Mineral Resources at Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Mineral Resources, Dr Gaétan Roch Moloto-A-Kenguemba, Adviser at the Prime Minister Office - Central African Republic (CAR), and Councillor Central African Region, Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) as well as senior officials from the Ivory Coast’s Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Even Papua New Guinea, a mining-dominated economy from far-off Oceania did not miss-out on this key extractive industry event. Their delegation was led by Hon James Byron Chan, Member of Parliament and Minister of Mining; Mr Gaius Toaligur, First Secretary; and Mr Shadrach Himata, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management.

The West & Central African countries present immense opportunities. This Summit provided up-to-date reports on minerals extractions of iron ore, gold, bauxite, manganese, zircon, limestone, phosphate and rare earth elements (Lithium, Tantalum, Niobium); & examined upcoming investment opportunities in Ghana, Liberia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, DRC, Senegal, Guinea, Gabon, CAR, Sierra Leone, Congo, Cameroon, Mali and Mauritania. This Summit also discussed inter-alia issues of increasingly critical concerns for Environmental Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the importance of the mining industry’s developing a positive impact on surrounding communities.

Key sponsors of the Summit included Atlas Copco , Banlaw Africa Group, Outotec, Total, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) as well as Chartwell. Companies participating as exhibitors included: the World Gold Council, Weatherford, Gold Fields, Mine Site Technologies, SGS, Minelab International, Castle Peak Mining, Pratley, Roymec Technologies, WearCheck Africa, African Mineral Standards, Eurofor and CAE Datamine International.

The event garnered the support of international and regional mining publications and was reported/ publicised in over 70 media sites.

We hope to see you present at the 5th West & Central Africa Mining Summit 2011, 11-12 September 2012, AICC, Ghana




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