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Business in the DRC is booming for South African mining exporters as they return to DRC Mining Week
By: DRC Mining Week
Last year, the DTIC sponsored 22 companies to showcase their offerings at the event, which is the largest in the Copperbelt and surrounding regions. The department reported that the companies had expressed great satisfaction with the productive engagements at the expo with potential clients and partners, and they had acquired deals and secured sales onsite.
"It is exciting in the sense that it gives opportunities to small- and medium-sized companies to get exposure for their new and innovative products and services," says Siphamandla Kumkani, Trade and Investment Representative at the South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition.
He adds: "the DRC is an important mining country with a huge market for South African companies. This gives them opportunities to showcase, convene business-to-
"Mining in their blood"
"The technical know-how, experience and specialist knowledge of our South African exhibitors are in great demand across the mining landscape on the continent, and in the DRC in the particular, as it is fast becoming a key mining destination as the world's largest producer of cobalt" says Patricia Kazaka, event manager DRC Mining Week at the VUKA Group, the organisers of the event for the past 18 years.
"And let's not forget, both countries have mining in their blood," she adds, "they are passionate, ambitious and ready to do business."
Last year, DRC Mining Week attracted nearly 7000 mining professionals in a record-breaking return to Lubumbashi after the Covid pandemic. However, the DTIC also views the event as great exposure for South African mining exporters to opportunities not only in the DRC, but also in the Central and Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
"It is important for Africans to support other African enterprises and industries,"
Other country pavilions expected to participate in Lubumbashi in June include China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
DRC Mining Week is organised by The VUKA Group.
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