Mining Industry Set to Explore New Opportunities at September Accra Summit

Mining industry players from in and around the African region are primed and ready for next month’s 5th West & Central Africa Mining Summit 2012 to be held on September 11-12 at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana.
5th West & Central Africa Mining Summit 2012
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Aug. 30, 2012 - PRLog -- The two-day Conference & Exhibition will gather global and regional metals and minerals sector companies including:  Antrak Logistics Group, AOC Mapping Services, Atlas Copco Group, Banlaw Africa Group, Banro Corporation, Beak Consultants, Bell Equipment (Stellar Power), Damco Logistics, DRA Mining, Drill Masters Africa, E Global Drilling, G4S Security Services, Gold Fields, Innov-X Africa, Jozi Power, Liebherr Group, Lycopodium Minerals, Major Drilling Group, Metso Minerals, Panafrican Mining Services (Komatsu), PRD RIGS, Robertson Geologging, SGS, Terratec Geophysical Services, United Spectrometer Technologies and others.

Peet van Schalkwyk, Executive Vice President at mining firm Gold Fields said: "Gold Fields is delighted to be participating in the 5th West and Central Africa Mining Summit.  Mining companies globally are facing many challenges.  This summit presents an opportunity to engage with the key stakeholders on the potential mutually beneficial partnerships we can enjoy in the region.  We believe there are exciting opportunities in the region and we are committed to being the global leader in sustainable gold mining."

Peter de Leo, Managing Director of Lycopodium Minerals Pty Ltd said: "Lycopodium has provided engineering and project development services to the mining industry across the African continent for over 18 years.  In that time we have been witness to the expansion of interest in African resource projects to meet increased world demand for metals and minerals.  Lycopodium is pleased to reaffirm its commitment to African resource projects through its sponsorship and participation in events such as the West & Central African Mining Summit."

Simon Village, CEO of Banro Corporation said: "Banro Corporation is extremely honoured to sponsor this 2012 gathering of West and Central Africa mining expertise and talent.  Having made the leap from developer to gold producer in the past year, Banro's technical and operations teams understand and appreciate the great value that comes from professional discussion, sharing of innovation and networking that a forum such as this Summit provides, and we are proud to be a sponsor and participant in this event."

Richard Levack, Founder & Operations CEO of Banlaw Africa Group, added: "We are pleased to be part of the Mining Summit again in Accra, a good venue to meet up with industry colleagues."

The Summit is supported by the Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources (MLNR) and the Minerals Commission (MC) of Ghana, the Ghana Chamber of Mines, the Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM), the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC), the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf), and the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), and will be attended by some 300 participants from 20 countries.

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About the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources – Supporting Organization
Ghana's Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR) is the sector Ministry entrusted with the sustainable management and utilization of Ghana's lands, forests, wildlife and mineral resources for socio-economic growth and development.  This is achieved through the efficient formulation, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs of sector agencies; efficient and equitable land delivery; promotion of sustainable forest, wildlife and mineral resource management and utilization; promotion of effective inter-agency and cross-sectoral linkages; creation of an enabling environment for effective private sector participation; and promotion of effective community participation in multiple use of land, forest wildlife and mineral resources.

About the Ghana Minerals Commission – Supporting Organization
Ghana's Minerals Commission is a government agency established under Article 269 of the 1992 Constitution and the Minerals Commission Act.  The Minerals Commission, as the main promotional and regulatory body for the minerals sector in Ghana, is responsible for "the regulation and management of the utilization of the mineral resources of Ghana and the coordination and implementation of policies relating to mining.  It also ensures compliance with Ghana's Mining and Mineral Laws and Regulation through effective monitoring.

About the Ghana Chamber of Mines – Supporting Organization
The Ghana Chamber of Mines is the main minerals industry association in Ghana.  The Chamber represents the collective interests of companies involved in mineral exploration, production and processing in Ghana.  Its activities are entirely funded by its member companies, which produce over 90% of the Ghana's mineral output.  The Chamber has represented the industry's interests since 1928.

About the Botswana Chamber of Mines – Supporting Organization
The Botswana Chamber of Mines is an organization established more than twenty years ago to serve the interests of mining and exploration companies together with associated industries.  The organization is determined to influence policy that would ensure sustainability and prosperity of the mining industry, which remains the main driver of economic activity in the country and is forecasted to sustain the economy into the future.

About the Liberia Chamber of Commerce – Supporting Organization
The Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) is the leading business organization in Liberia representing the interests of the private sector.  Established in 1951, its membership comprises over 300 top companies and business associations.  The LCC is dedicated to being the most representative business association and authoritative voice of the private sector, and the lead advocate for reforms that contribute to the creation of an enabling and conducive environment for commerce, industry, trade and agriculture.  The Chamber also focuses on building the capacity of the private sector as well as promoting commerce, industry, trade, and agriculture.  

About the Geological Society of Africa – Supporting Organization
The Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) was established in 1973 to encourage geoscientific collaboration and cooperation across the continent. Its main objectives are: to promote understanding of the earth sciences and improve standards of earth science education and research in Africa; to provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of information across national boundaries between scientists, associations and institutions engaged in African geology and earth resources; to promote the development and sustainable management of the continent's earth resources, to advance its socio-economic development; and to improve natural hazards assessment and disaster mitigation.

About the Ghana Institution of Engineers – Supporting Organization
The Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) was formed in 1968 to advance the science and the profession of engineering to the benefit of society. Pursuant to this, the GhIE has been mandated by government through NRCD 143 to establish and manage a register of engineers qualified to practice in Ghana.  Among the GhIE's objectives are: to secure the maintenance of professional standards among persons who are members of the Institution and to take such steps as may be necessary to acquaint such persons with the methods, procedures and practices necessary to such standards; and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas relating to or concerning engineering science and practice.
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