Wide industry support as DRC Mining Week is moved to June 2021
By: DRC Mining Week
"We have taken the decision to postpone following a period of continuous engagement with our stakeholders and customers" says David Ashdown, MD of Clarion Events Africa, the organisers of DRC Mining Week for the last 16 years. He admits that it was a tough decision, "due to the opportunity it presents for the industry to connect and drive vital business revenues, but it is the right decision in terms of Health & Safety."
He adds: "we are committed to supporting the DRC establishing itself as the leading cobalt producer globally, and realising its mining wealth through its diversified metals and minerals portfolio. We will continue to engage the industry over digital formats, and the team and I are excited to travel back to territory when the opportunity allows. I would like to thank all the parties involved in the event for their continued support and encouragement. Thank you."
The mining industry in the DRC and the many sector suppliers of technology and services have expressed their support of the postponement of the live event until next year. The SA Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) regularly attends as many of its members do big business in the country.
"DRC Mining Week has always been an important market for the South African mining suppliers," says Eric Bruggeman, SACEEC Director and CEO. "With all the uncertainty in the world and country at the moment, it would be very risky to host the exhibition this year. However, SACEEC and its members are committed to continue to support DRC Mining Week, and we will be there in full attendance when the exhibition next takes place. I also trust that we could make the 2021 edition even bigger and better than before."
Continued engagement with mining community
The recent Digital DRC Mining Week that took place from 17-19 June 2020, gathered online thousands of enthusiastic attendees who, during live webinar and matchmaking sessions, agreed on the rich resources that the country is blessed with and the enormous business opportunities that are still continuing at many mines and the many more that will take place in the future.
Live webinar series
Meanwhile, the live webinar series which was launched in May this year in partnership with Mining Review Africa, the leading mining news publication and online platform, will continue throughout the build-up to the next live DRC Mining Week in Lubumbashi in June 2021.
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