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Digital Event

Mon 16 Nov 09:30 to 10:45

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Moderator:

Sheila Khama
Independent Consultant l Minerals, Oil and Gas policy advisor

Speakers:

Hon. Francis Gatare
CEO, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, Rwanda
Hubert Danso
CEO and Chairman - Africa investor, South Africa
Emma Wade-Smith OBE
Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa UK Department for International Trade (DIT), United Kingdom

Presentation title

Opening keynote: The next smart move: COVID-19 recovery plan to stimulate investment into mining exploration in Africa

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Looking at the next decade and even closer, the next 12 months, the global mining industry is facing a significant change in the way their business model operate. After questioning the resiliency of the mining sector for the last 8 months, the need to operate under a “new normal” will be vital as the pandemic brought extraordinary constraints and challenges.
The current pandemic has with no doubt, exposed some weaknesses and vulnerabilities of the supply value chain and will force miners to anticipate and mitigate price volatility and downturns in the future to encourage investors decision-making.
 

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Mon 16 Nov 11:00 to 12:00

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Moderator:

Duncan Harris
President, Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce, Australia

Speakers:

William Witham
CEO, Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group, Australia
Adam Edelman
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright, Australia
Ben Gargett
Africa Practice Leader l CFO Advisory, PwC, Australia

Presentation title

Spotlight #1 - The Africa/Australia mining connection: what do investors have in mind?

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Get insights from key investment role players in Australia who will unpack the investment climate across African markets, contextualised with the challenges and opportunities existing in emerging territories.
Dive into the do’s and don’ts of doing business in Africa from an Australian perspective:
  • How to get and maintain a license
  • Investment opportunities – what you need to know and must consider
  • Find a good local partner
  • Structure your business
  • Understand the market and territories you are working in

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Mon 16 Nov 13:00 to 14:00

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Moderator:

Alfonso Tejerina
Director, Global Business Reports, Spain

Speakers:

George Heppel
Senior Analyst l Cobalt, Lithium and Nickel, CRU, UK
Bernard Michael Aylward
CEO, Kodal Minerals, Australia
George Arhin
Partner and West Market Mining Leader, PwC, Ghana

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Spotlight #2: Beyond gold: West Africa’s potential to feed the emerging battery metals market

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COVID-19 has undoubtedly caused a massive spike in the gold sector – which has favoured the West African region well – it is home to vast gold resources across all key countries. But when considering the mining investment potential in West Africa – one must consider the mineralization wealth that extends beyond gold. Did you know the region has the potential to become one of the world’s largest lithium producers and exporters?
The discussion will evaluate West Africa’s mineral potential outside of gold and look at some of the strategic junior mining companies looking to develop their names and new projects in the battery metals market.
 

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Tue 17 Nov 09:00 to 10:00

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Speakers:

Tresor Chovu
CEO, Cactus Investments, United Kingdom
Aleksandra Cholewa
Director of Investment & Development at Luma Holding Ltd, Poland
Simon Michaux
Associate l Senior Scientist, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), Finland

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Spotlight #3 - "Made in Africa": building a solid beneficiation industry to deliver better return on investment

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  • How to build a downstream processing industry that will support  industry growth, return on investment while also stimulating local economies?
  • What should be done to bridge the gap between ensuring financial sustainability between in-country beneficiation and export markets?
  • Looking at potential beneficiation hubs in Sub Saharan Africa. To what extent can we expect processing of technology metals to be done in developing countries, in particular Rwanda and the DRC?
  • Hear key updates on existing projects, insights from end users and standards to insure a sustainable regional processing model.

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Tue 17 Nov 11:00 to 12:00

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Moderator:

Laura Cornish
Editor in Chief, Mining Review Africa, South Africa

Speakers:

Rudolph de Bruin
Partner, AMED Funds, South Africa
Terence Lyons
Founder & CEO, The Stakeholder Company, TSC.ai Singapore
Errol Smart
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Orion Minerals, Australia

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Spotlight #4: Managing ESG Compliance and Investor Expectations



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Developing a financially profitable project is no longer the only key aspect investors are considering to fund new projects. Mining companies’ ability to comply with environmental, social and governance components is today an equal investment consideration.
 
With three critical components that must all be considered, gain insight into finding innovative solutions that jointly deliver compliance as a cohesive whole and not individual parts.

 

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Tue 17 Nov 13:00 to 14:15

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Moderator:

Claire Volkwyn
Editor-at-large - Smart Energy International, Clarion Events, South Africa

Speakers:

Lianming Sun
Director of Office, Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), Ethiopia
Solomon Asamoah
Vice President for Infrastructure, Private Sector and Regional Integration, World Bank, Ghana
Kwasi Ampofo
Metals Analyst, BIoombergNEF, UK

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Spotlight #5 - Reshaping energy capital flows to drive positive investment into mining  

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Energy and mining are intrinsically linked to guarantee the performance of mining operations, assisting in mitigating large operating costs and contributing to the sustainability of business operations, as well as creating a greater social impact on the communities around which mining companies operate.
This session will dive into the appetite of mining companies for alternative sources of energy, and how to support them in mitigating risk attached to their project. Because there is no such thing as one size fits all, there is a need to understand and find the right “fit” for each mining company, especially at the exploration stage.
 

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Wed 18 Nov 09:00 to 10:00

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Moderator:

Laura Cornish
Editor in Chief, Mining Review Africa, South Africa

Speakers:

Hamish Sampson
Senior Analyst, CRU Group
Arno Brand
CEO & President, Gratomic Inc., Canada
Eric Croeser
MD, Accenture, South Africa

Presentation title

Spotlight#6: How do you prepare for tomorrow’s mine today?



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Going digital today: Incorporating digitalization and artificial intelligence has become THE new aspiration for miners, but steps are needed now to ensure an effective adoption of new technologies as they become commercially available in the industry.
Insights on the next 12-months post COVID-19: what will investors be focusing on and what will their expectations be?  
Discussions are on the next decade’s investment strategies, supply and demand dynamics and the positioning of strategic minerals.

 

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Wed 18 Nov 11:00 to 12:00

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Moderator:

Laura Cornish
Editor in Chief, Mining Review Africa, South Africa

Speakers:

Tony Harwood
President and CEO, Montero Mining and Exploration Ltd., South Africa
Peter Major
Director: Mining, Mergence Corporate Solutions, South Africa
Brian Menell
CEO, TechMet, United Kingdom

Presentation title

Spotlight#7: Raising lucrative capital for juniors in Africa

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“There has been a massive shift over the past decade in how mining companies secure funding to develop their projects. This is no surprise given that capital has become increasingly difficult to come by, especially for publicly-listed junior mining companies looking to raise money on the stock markets, despite having a good project in the bag,”
- Laura Cornish, Editor in Chief, Mining Review

Get a full picture of what it takes to do business in Africa for an exploration company and understand where each piece of the puzzle fits before making an investment.

 

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Wed 18 Nov 13:00 to 14:30

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Moderator:

Lisa Zschunke
Advisor Mineral Resource Governance, GIZ, Rwanda

Speakers:

Mike Loch
Founder and CEO, Responsible Trade
Nathan Williams
Founder and CEO, Minespider
Olena Wiaderna
LuNa Smelter, Board Member
Leah Butler
Vice President, Responsible Business Alliance
Ivan Twagirashema
COO, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, Rwanda

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Spotlight#8: End-to-end mineral tracking: deploying blockchain and traceability systems


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More and more corporate leaders are looking for ways to evaluate supply chains through an ethical lens. Blockchain due to its characteristics is increasingly used as a tool to increase transparency, provide provenance data and establish end-to-end traceability. Exploring blockchain technology for responsible sourcing of conflict minerals can contribute to the reduction in the audits and transaction costs.
This session will look at the use of new technologies in minerals tracking.

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Thu 19 Nov 09:00 to 10:30

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Speakers:

Hon. Francis Gatare
CEO, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board, Rwanda
Hon. Serialong Qoo
Minister, Ministry of Mining – Government of Lesotho
H.E Willy Kitobo
Minister, Ministry of Mines, DRC
H.E Leopold Fatran
Minister, Ministry of Mines, Central African Republic

Presentation title

Ministerial Forum

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Thu 19 Nov 11:00 to 12:00

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Moderator:

Marie Chantal Kaninda
Head of Corporate Affairs, Glencore, DRC

Presentation title

Women in mining

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Thu 19 Nov 13:00 to 14:00

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Moderator:

Laura Cornish
Editor in Chief, Mining Review Africa, South Africa

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Spotlight #9: Get up to speed with the DRC mining code - Brought to you by DRC Mining Week

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Mining Code update: Now in its third year, the DRC’s revised Mining Code continues to evolve and take shape. Connect in this session to understand the latest adaption of the code and how it is going to affect the industry moving forward from an investment perspective for junior and small-scale miners.
 

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Fri 20 Nov 10:30 to 11:45

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Speakers:

Amb. Huang Xia
Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Nairobi
Amb. Yasir Ibrahim Ali Mohammed
Deputy Executive Secretary, International Conference on the Great Lakes region, Burundi
Veronica Cody
Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, EEAS, EU, Belgium

Presentation title

Spotlight #11: Attracting investment in the Great Lakes region in a post pandemic environment

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The Great Lakes countries are well endowed with natural resources and have one of the richest concentrations of precious minerals and metals on earth. However, the exploitation and trade of minerals are too frequently conducted illegally. In response to this, diverse regional and international efforts to break the link between smuggling and illicit exploitation of natural resources. This session will discuss the ways to set up more transparent management of natural resources and attract responsible investment for shared prosperity, durable peace and security in the Great Lakes region.

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