Mining Stream

Pre-conference focus day - 9 October
10 October
11 October

GROWING AFRICA’S GLOBAL INFLUENCE THROUGH DIGITAL ADOPTION

11:00 The role of digital technology in progressing African industry

  • Where does Africa sit in the digital technology adoption cycle?
  • What areas of industry can digital technology improve?
  • Overview of the necessary infrastructure to support digital mines
  • What new opportunities will local engineers have through digital technology?
  • What are the next steps to incorporating digital technology into West Africa?
12:20

Networking lunch

CREATING A DIGITAL STRATEGY

13:20 Building the digital mine

  • What role can digital technology play in offsetting commodity price volatility?
  • Establishing the key sucess factors of a digital mine- how does this differ from operation to operation?
  • How do digital technologies lower variable costs?
  • The role of digital technology in optimising asset management and maintenance strategies

AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK WITH ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Led by an expert speaker, each roundtable will provide delegates with an opportunity to delve deeper into the challenges surrounding digital adoption. Don’t miss the opportunity to get your most pressing questions answered and connect with future partners- all whilst enjoying some refreshments of course.

14:10

  1. The changing nature of local content initiatives as digital adoption progresses
  2. Establishing information and security guidelines to protect data
  3. Managing external and internal stakeholders’ expectations during the digital adoption process

Roundtable Roundups

The leader of each roundtable will have 5 minutes to summarise the key points of each discussion

End of Digital Adoption Workshop

SME Platform Evaluation

15:35 Evaluation session

In order to give local companies the opportunity to promote their services to leaders of the mining and petroleum industries. Each company will be given 10 minutes to explain their services and highlight any projects they have worked on.

Ice breaker reception

Registration and refreshments

OPENING CEREMONY

8:30 Welcome remarks and keynote addresses from governments entities

10:30 Official visit and photo of the exhibition

11:00

Coffee break

COLLABORATING TO ATTRACT FURTHER FDI

11:30 Presentation: Advancing West Africa’s mineral and petroleum resources through globally competitive policy

11:50 Presentation: Avoiding common pitfalls when implementing mining and petroleum code policies

12:10 Keynote Panel: Intergovernmental collaboration to overcome shared challenges and meet common objectives

  • Overview of the different mining codes across the region
  • What are they key steps to underlining political stability to foreign investors?
  • How can governments work together to ensure cross-border discoveries are commercialised?
  • How do current petroleum codes accommodate the ‘lower for longer’ environment?
  • How can international mining companies capitalize on new mining codes to exploit mineral reserves?
  • What are governments’ expectations for the extractive industries?
12:50

Networking lunch

DIVERSIFYING ECOWAS’ MINING INDUSTRY

13:50 Corporate presentation: Evaluating Ivory Coast’s mineral potential to increase gold, manganese and nickel production

Reserved for SODEMI

14:10 Corporate presentation: Mining & Economic Transformation at Sub- regional & National Levels in West Africa

Sulemanu Koney, President, EFEDCOM 

Senior Representative, ACET

14:30 Corporate presentation: The long-term benefits of increasing bauxite production across West Africa

14:50 Panel discussion: Diversifying and growing the mining industry to transform West Africa into a major mining region

  • Pinpointing the geological hotspots of the region- what minerals can be found and where?
  • How important is diversification of mining exploration in the short, medium and long term?
  • What can we learn from the success of the region’s gold projects?
  • Are building materials an underestimated natural resource?                        

What to watch- which projects will come online in 2019?

Phillip Reese, CEO, Manas Resources Sulemanu Koney, President, EFEDCOM

Stanislas de Stabenrath, Managing Director, X&M

Senior Representative, ACET

Senior Representative, SODEMI

15:30

Afternoon Coffee Break

ASSESING THE MINING VALUE CHAIN

16:00 Presentation: Overview of West Africa’s mining value chain from upstream procurement to downstream value addition

16:20 Presentation: National supplier development programmes- the key to strengthening local procurement

16:40 Panel discussion: Creating a regional mining value chain to sustainably grow the ECOWAS region

  • How can state to state dialogue increase opportunities to local suppliers?
  • How will emerging Chinese investment affect the value chain?
  • How can international suppliers strategically position themselves in the region to ensure they are serving the widest client base?
  • What new opportunities will emerge as mineral testing facilities develop?

Chairman’s closing remarks

Cocktail reception

Investor briefing breakfast

By invitation only, leading government stakeholders will be invited to meet with international investors and discuss how to drive further capital into the region. Conversations will focus on how to drive further capital into the region by mitigating jurisdictional risk and generating long-term return.

CREATING A REGIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT MINING AND PETROLEUM OPERATIONS

9:00 Start of conference day 2

09:10 Keynote presentation: Ivory Coast’s role in facilitating the regional import and export of natural resources

09:30 Presentation: Intergovernmental collaboration in creating a regional trading hub

09:50 Panel discussion: Working together to advance West Africa’s infrastructure and global influence

  • Reviewing the current state of play- is the region’s infrastructure fit for purpose?
  • Understanding how regional trading can capitalize on upcoming mineral and hydrocarbon projects
  • Identifying the key hubs for reaching international markets
  • Homogenizing transnational regulations to expand road and rail lines
  • How will the Praia-Dakar-Abidjan corridor and Dakar-Lagos projects help mining and oil and gas operations?
  • Growing midstream operations to help monetize new oil and gas discoveries
10:30

Coffee break

THE LOCALISATION OF THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES

11:00 Presentation: Partnering with local institutions to create training initiatives to support international operations

11:20 Presentation: Steps to regulating the artisanal mining industry to ensure operations are safe and legal

11:40 Panel discussion: Reconciling the needs of government, international companies and local communities to create local training initiatives

  • Developing a multi-stakeholder approach to training initiatives
  • The next steps to integrate women into the mining and petroleum workforce
  • Striking the balance between ‘on the job training’ and formal training
  • What are the next steps to regulating artisanal mining?
  • How can public and private sector stakeholders collaborate to ensure artisanal mining operations are safe and sustainable?
  • Setting up local training initiatives to improve the safety of artisanal mining

Christine Logbo-Kossi, Executive Director, Chamber of Mines, Cote D’Ivoire

Bady Baldé, Africa Director, EITI International Secretariat

12:20

Networking lunch

OPTIMISING COSTS AND EFFICIENCY

13:20 Case study: Cost optimisation at the feasibility study stage

13:40 The Utilisation of GCCM’s in New Mining Infrastructure and Remediation of Existing Operational Infrastructure

Simon Lester, Business Development Manager, Concrete Canvas

14:00 Panel discussion: Panel discussion: Adopting strategies to optimize production costs

  • Operational challenges in the West Africa- how are they impacting project costs?
  • How can mining companies access replace reserves to increase profits?
  • What other technologies could operators invest in to improve efficiency?

Jeff Quartermaine, CEO, Perseus Mining

Simon Lester, Business Development Manager, Concrete Canvas

14:40

Coffee break

MINERAL TESTING

15:10 Presentation: The steps to securing the SANAS ISO IEC/17025

15:30 Presentation: Developing local mineral testing facilities to advance in-country projects

15:50 Panel discussion: Assessing needs for analytical services for exploration, mine development and commercial trade

  • How will mineral testing have to adapt as the mining industry diversifies?
  • What new technologies can improve testing services?
  • What scope is there for state-owned mineral testing services?
  • How can increasing mineral testing capacity create new job opportunities?

Closing remarks

Close of conference day 2

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