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Cape Town ready to host the world’s biggest mining investment event

For over 25 years, the Investing in African Mining Indaba has been the go-to event shaping Africa’s mining future.

Building on a hugely successful 2019 edition, this February, the Investing in African Mining Indaba will be packed with rich content and exciting sessions to bring the entire mining value chain together.

Hosted at the world-class Cape Town International Convention Centre from 3 – 6 February, the 2020 Investing in African Mining Indaba offers unrivalled networking opportunities and an unmissable line-up of sessions to drive the industry forward. Confirmed heads of state include the Presidents of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Wonie Bio, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Feliz Tshisekedi.

Some of the must-attend content features at Investing in African Mining Indaba this year:

Main Stage

The Main Stage will host unmissable pioneering discussions, interviews and presentations with mining’s most senior stakeholders from across the value chain focussing on optimising growth and investment in the digitised mining economy. Key topics will include:

  • The brand of mining: reconnecting the fundamentals of the mining industry with next generation values
  • Price volatility and the impact on mining investment – 2020 and beyond
  • Resources nationalism and investor risk: analysing and assessing exposure in current African markets and strategies to mitigate risk
  • Leveraging precious metals and battery metals to create economic stability and thriving communities
  • Tackling the youth challenge: how can the mining sector be an engine for development across Africa?
  • President Ramaphosa’s YES initiative: how can South African mining leverage youth employment using this and how is it working?

The stellar line-up of headline speakers for the Main Stage include:

  • Hon. Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources, South Africa
  • Mark Bristow, President & CEO, Barrick
  • Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive, Anglo American
  • Robert Friedland, Executive Co-Chairman and Founder, Ivanhoe Mines
  • Sébastien de Montessus, CEO and President, Endeavour Mining

Sustainable Development Day

Aiming to bring sustainability to the core of every mining business, the Sustainable Development Day provides an interactive and engaging platform for open dialogue to encourage the resolution of socio-economic and environmental challenges facing the industry. Key topics will include:

  • Rethinking mine rehabilitation
  • Climate-smart mining: African minerals for the low-carbon future
  • Innovative tech and data management solutions for sustainable mining
  • Harmonising extraction and environment: climate change and environmental protection

Intergovernmental Summit

The Intergovernmental Summit is an open platform for African and global ministers and senior government decision-makers to debate the most challenging issues affecting the mining sector and improve bilateral trade and economic relationships between Africa and the rest of the world.

Natural resource ministers from the top 25 mining investment jurisdictions in Africa will present at the Summit the key developments in each country. A series of interactive ministerial discussions will highlight collaboration between African countries and mining-intensive economies such as Canada, Australia, US, UK, Japan, Germany and France.

Keynote presentations from African and international ministers include topics on:

  • The unification of energy and minerals governance in South Africa: driving a ‘just transition’ and mapping out the future
  • Mineral taxation & resource nationalism: rebalancing the public-private relationship
  • Responsible sourcing of African minerals: international cooperation, the role of financial institutions and effective regulatory frameworks
  • Canada-Africa cooperation: capacity building, local content and effective mineral policy formation

Junior Mining Forum

Through expert discussions with investors, analysts, junior miners and end users, the Junior Mining Forum delivers unparalleled insights into the factors driving investment decisions within the junior mining market in Africa. For junior miners it’s an opportunity to learn how to increase their appeal to secure funding, and for investors it’s a chance to discover junior miners not previously on their radar. Key topics will include:

  • Analyst presentation: buoyant gold prices – are we reaching a long-run bull market?
  • Increasing gold exploration activity in west Africa – What makes junior gold projects an attractive investment?
  • Precious metals in southern Africa – what can be done to kickstart exploration activity?
  • Can the South African PGMs market be turned around?

Investment Battlefield

The Investment Battlefield is an exciting ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event where junior mining companies pitch their project to a panel of investors with the final culminating on the Main Stage. See the hottest emerging projects in Africa battle it out live in front of the global finance community at this dynamic event.

Mining 2050

With only 25% of top mining companies employing CTOs and CIOs we look at the importance of these positions in fostering a culture of innovation in the work place. The 2-day stream will look at the pioneering technologies already available and discuss what is blocking greater investment into technology across the industry. Key topics will include:

  • Green & sustainable technology
  • IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)
  • Future of work: immersive training through virtual reality
  • A connected future: effective logistics strategies from pit to port

General Counsel Forum

New for 2020, the General Counsel Forum is dedicated to discussing the key regional and global legal trends facing mining lawyers working in Africa. ‘A Legal Indaba’ provides a platform for the mining lawyer community to connect and discuss the growing expectations placed on the mining GC by the board and investors in response to regional trends and global policy reforms.

Featuring speakers and panel sessions, there will also be an opportunity to share ideas about how the mining lawyer community can come together to affect change.

Battery Metals Day

Taking place as part of the Junior Mining Forum, the Battery Metals Day will provide a key platform for discussing issues surrounding the rising global demand for battery metals and how Africa’s minerals can continue to meet demand. Key topics will include:

  • Battery cell technology – which battery will power the future?
  • What strategy have car manufacturers & battery makers in place to increase the supply of battery materials?
  • How much copper will be required to build efficient EV infrastructure systems?
  • Examining China’s electrification strategy & its subsidies in African mining

Among these key forums and sessions, Investing in Mining Indaba will also see plenty of corporate presentations, special panels, and social and networking sessions.

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