Returning to Lubumbashi: DRC Mining Week is "embracing the recovery"
By: DRC Mining Week
"DRC is still an exciting destination for investors and business in the sector has by no means come to a standstill,"
Dates for live event confirmed
The organisers of the annual DRC Mining Week expo and conference this week confirmed that the next live, in-person edition of this flagship industry event in Africa's most exciting mining destination, will return to Lubumbashi from 5-6 October this year.
Says Nicholls: "Along with our partners in the mining community we are excited to be back with a 2-day event that will be held within strict COVID-19 protocols and safety regulations. We know that while everyone is desperate to connect and do deals, we take the health and welfare of our clients and visitors very seriously. We will therefore make sure that social distancing, sanitising, mask wearing, elbow knocking instead of shaking hands and other regulations are observed."
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, this year's event in October at the Karavia Hotel in Lubumbashi will be a slightly smaller affair with about 100 exhibitors and sponsors, 50 speakers, 190 delegates and 1500 visitors. The longstanding, headlining sponsors that will return with DRC Mining Week in October are Rawbank, SEP Congo and Glencore, KCC.
"However," Nicholls explains, "we will still provide the same high-level engagement during the strategic conference, updates on the latest projects, of which there are quite a few currently, and lots of new technology and services to see in the indoor and outdoor expos. We look forward to welcoming back mining pioneers, partners and key sector suppliers that we become known for hosting during the last 17 years. And don't forget, to have fun while we talk business, DRC Mining Week has become synonymous with that too!" laughs Nicholls.
Staying in digital touch
"We have missed being onsite," she continues, "and many of our clients and partners have echoed that sentiment, although everyone had to adapt. We are very proud of how we have been able to change our offering and pivot towards digital and virtual engagement during lockdown periods and have really appreciated how our partners and clients have followed and supported this progression."
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