The Event

ECOMOF is an initiative of the ECOWAS Commission who, on 8th October 2010 at the meeting of ECOWAS Ministers responsible for Mineral Resources Development, in Monrovia, Liberia recommended that a regional mining and petroleum forum was required as part of the activities to promote and develop the mining and oil potentials of Member States.


Coupled with West Africa’s geological potential, the mining sector is still not saturated. The region is clearly establishing itself as an international gold belt with a strong pipeline of major mining projects taking place. Between 2006 and 2017 several new mines have been commissioned in countries like Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, etc. this has made West Africa overtake South Africa as the new gold mining hub.  Apart from gold, West Africa also has significant volumes of mineral resources supplying 10% of the global manganese ore, 8% of Bauxite and 7% of Uranium.


The ECOWAS region contributes to 40% of Sub-Saharan Africa Oil Production. Nigeria remains one of the largest players in the region, and is currently the biggest oil and gas producer in Africa. Recent Oil discoveries on the West Africa Transformation Margin have incentivised major E&P companies to further invest in the region. On the Natural Gas front, the discoveries made on the Mauritania/Senegal basin have also garnered tremendous international attention, significantly impacting the levels of production in the region.

The main outcomes that are expected from this event are to:

  1. Promote and develop the mining and oil potentials of Member States.
  2. Help ensure the socio-economic integration of the West African region.
  3. Harmonise legal, regulatory and taxation instruments.
  4. Catalyse and develop artisanal and small-scale mining.
  5. Establish, develop and organize geological, mining and oil databases for Member States.
  6. Develop human resources and create a network of experts.
  7. Use the mining and petroleum industries to develop community infrastructure.
  8. Add value to mining and petroleum products and strengthen trade in these products.
  9. Promote corporate social responsibility and increase stakeholders’ awareness of the development issues of their local communities.


The ‘Pitchfield’

ECOMOF is coming back in 2018 with a bang! Focussing on the main concept of connecting emerging mining and petroleum companies to investors, we are organising The ‘Pitchfield’. Keeping in mind the geological wealth of the ECOWAS countries, favourable commodities market and the increase in investment in the mineral sector, we are providing a platform for interested companies to compete and pitch their projects or business ideas to a panel of leading investors who would judge and provide them with feedback.

The winner will be awarded and it will be an ideal opportunity to come into the limelight of industry elites, investors and gain deep insight into the West African extractive market from experts.

If Interested in Joining as Judge or Participant, please contact

Business Matchmaking

Networking is one of the key facets of ECOMOF congregating West African experts and major industry players, thereby, providing an invaluable platform for maximising networking opportunities throughout the event. The event’s new Business Matchmaking concept is to make these business interactions more targeted and decisive so that you meet your objectives!

  • Organise meetings with the right connections. Target participants in similar industries, related interests and prospective opportunities.
  • Schedule your own personal meetings with other attendees.
  • Arrange your own high-value onsite meetings in one place leading more deals and business prospects.
  • The digital platform enables you to get in touch with your targeted audience pre-event through emails so you can start developing a relationship.

Once registered, delegates will be able to access the matchmaking platform.

Industry Focussed Workshops

ECOMOF’s mining and petroleum industry focussed workshops will be led by esteemed decision makers from the relevant sectors providing in-depth insight into the upcoming prospects of the market. The workshops will consist of presentations, keynote speakers and invaluable QandA sessions.

An amazing prospect to converse with industry leaders face-to-face.

Roundtable Discussions

This is a great addition to the 2nd edition of ECOMOF. It gives miners, petroleum experts, investors and government officials and all stakeholders of the mining industry to learn and discuss investment opportunities, upcoming and development of projects, intricacies if the new mining code and long-term sustainability plans in an informal environment.

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