Mining potential of DRC in focus next week in Cape Town

DRC Mining Week to focus on battery metals, finance and juniors
By: DRC Mining Week
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Jan. 30, 2020 - PRLog -- The DRC's Minister of Mines, the Honourable Prof Willy Kitobo Samsoni, will address the DRC Mining Investment Breakfast next week, Wednesday 5 February, in Cape Town. It will gather financiers, technology suppliers and successful mining operators who have been part of the sector in the DRC for many years, thanks to this country's generous reserves of copper, gold, diamonds, cobalt, lithium and coltan amongst others. The growing numbers of electric vehicles has also rapidly increased the demand for strategic battery metals.

Also attending the Mining Investment Breakfast in Cape Town next week will be the organisers of the DRC Mining Week exhibition and conference, taking place in Lubumbashi from 17-19 June. The DRC Mining Minister Samsoni has already been confirmed to address the opening session of this year's event in the heart of the Copperbelt. It will be the 16th edition of the event, which has grown and expanded substantially over the last few years.

International pavilions
Says DRC Mining Week event director Elodie Delagneau: "with the support of the Ministry of Mines, the Federation of Congolese Enterprises (FEC) and strategic partners, DRC Mining Week will gather some 5000 local and international mining stakeholders and influencers in the public and private sector doing business in the DRC."

She adds: "the global interest in the huge potential of the DRC's commodities sector is clear with more and more country pavilions at the show over the last few years. This year, Germany and Zimbabwe will return to Lubumbashi, amongst at least six international pavilions, including China, South Africa, UK, and France."

Other early confirmations of high-level industry expert speakers for the event include Amedeo Anniciello, CEO, Standard Bank, DRC, Gustave Nzeng Rubuz, Chairman Board of Directors, KCC – Glencore, DRC and Richard Robinson, MD, Alphamin Bisie Mines, DRC.

Conference highlights will include a deep dive into commodities to emphasise the DRC's growing reputation as a sought-after mining investment destination, particularly with regards to battery metals. Says DRC Mining Week event director Delagneau: "with the surge in the global demand for rechargeable batteries and electric vehicles, the DRC is fast becoming a provider of choice, thanks to the volume and high grade quality of its cobalt and other strategic metals."

DRC Mining Week:
Site visit: 16 June 2020
Pre-conference Power Focus Day: 17 June 2020
Expo and conference: 17-19 June 2020
Location: The Pullman Grand Karavia Hotel, Lubumbashi, DRC


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