LIMEP 2019

3rd Liberian International Mining, Energy & Petroleum
Conference & Exhibition

Monrovia City Hall
Monrovia, Republic of Liberia
15 – 16 May 2019

Agenda Overview

The LIMEP Conference program will offer participants unparalleled insights into Liberia’s, and, by extension, the region’s, Mining, Energy and Petroleum industries’ future. During the two days of conference, over 60 expert panellists will share project updates, challenges in the industry, the critical role of technology in these sectors and regulatory updates.

The Main theme of LIMEP 2019 is:

”Investing in Liberia’s Natural Resources to stimulate national economic development”

The conference program sessions will feature:

  • Interactive Presentations – Speakers will discuss their projects, technologies and future plans. A Q&A session will follow to give delegates a chance to comment and ask questions on the presentations made.
  • Open Panel Discussions – Panellists will share their opinions on specific topics through a moderated discussion among peers. The moderator will also introduce points of discussion raised by audience members.
  • Round Table Discussions – Led by an industry expert, the Audience will participate in high level discussions on the issues of the day. The more intimate nature of these sessions often rewards participants with unique insights.
  • Networking Functions – Whether it is a simple Coffee Break or a Gala Dinner, the Networking Breaks offer you a chance to meet with speakers and other participants in a less formal environment. You can schedule meetings with other attendees ahead of time with the LIMEP Networking App.

Would you like to Speak?

Contact our team and express your interest to speak,
so that a member of our program team can speak to you and see how you can be included into the LIMEP 2019 Agenda!

Sub-themes of LIMEP 2019

  • An overview of Liberia’s resource potential and future development
  • Diversification of Liberia’s mineral resources
  • Improving the efficiency of Liberia’s transport infrastructure: progress, prospects and challenges
  • Finance, Risk Management & Transparency in Liberia’s mining, oil and gas and energy sectors
  • Regenerating and harnessing Liberia’s energy resources
  • Liberia’s oil and gas potential, perspectives and opportunities

  • Developing Liberia’s iron sector against the backdrop of global commodity prices
  • Liberia’s gold potential, West Africa’s new gold belt?
  • Liberia’s investment, legal and fiscal framework
  • Technology, training and workforce development in Liberia’s extractives sector
  • Corporate social responsibility, sustainable development and socio-economic development
  • Aligning pro-poor policy with Liberia’s extractive industries

Day 1
14 May 2019
Day 2
15 May 2019
Day 3
16 May 2019

Registration and decoration of Exhibition Stands, Monrovia City Hall

Visit of Hon. Gesler E. MURRAY, Minister of Mines & Energy, Republic of Liberia to view the Conference Facilities

Hon. Gesler E. MURRAY

All participants to be seated for opening ceremony

OPENING CEREMONY

Presentation of the programmeWelcome speeches by the Platinum sponsorsWelcome Speech by Hon. Gesler E. MURRAY, Minister, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Republic of LiberiaKeynote Speech by H.E President George WEAH, President Republic of Liberia
Hon. Gesler E. MURRAY
H.E President George WEAH

VISIT OF EXHIBITION STANDS BY THE PRESIDENT AND OFFICIAL DELEGATIONS AND WELCOME COFFEE BREAK

ROUND TABLE 1 INVESTING IN LIBERIA’S MINERAL AND ENERGY RESOURCES TO STIMULATE NATIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH

The opening roundtable will debate on how Liberia’s mineral and energy resources can catalyze other areas of the economy. We will begin by examining the aforementioned resources current impact on the economy.  Analysis will then focus on other benefits like job creation, shared infrastructure, new business development, as well as linkages with other industries, such as agriculture and manufacturing. We will discuss the difficult balancing act of marrying investor and government priorities by looking at current investment policies and global good practice.  The conclusion that we are aiming to reach is to define how additional financial investment can be generated by Liberia’s mining and energy resources to national economy as a whole, while at the same time benefitting all stakeholders.Co-Moderators: Hon. Kabiné Komara, Former Prime Minister, Conakry, GuineaHon. Gesler E. Murray, Minister of Mines & Energy, Republic of Liberia
Hon. Kabiné Komara
Hon. Gesler E. MURRAY

SESSION 1 AN OVERVIEW OF LIBERIA’S MINERAL AND ENERGY RESOURCES POTENTIAL

This session will allow all participants to find out what current resources are being developed in Liberia, as well as other potential investment opportunities. It will allow new investors to find out how they can successfully enter the market. 
  • Dr Joseph M Mankelow, Team Leader - Mineral Resources and Policy, British Geological Survey
  • Stephen E. Haggerty, Chief Geologist, Youseff Diamonds, Liberia and Distinguished Research Professor, Geosciences, Florida International University
Stephen E. Haggerty
Dr Joseph M Mankelow

LUNCH

14:15 – 15:00

LUNCH

SESSION 2 TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND SUPPLY CHAIN, THE ARTERIES OF AN EFFICIENT MINING & ENERGY INDUSTRY

A functioning transport infrastructure is the backbone of a successful national economy. Cost and speed of transport of materials, is key for the rentability of all projects in the country. This session will highlight the benefits and opportunities related to the development and maintenance of strong transport projects and related infrastructure for the continued growth of the natural resources industry across the supply chain in Liberia.
16:00- 16:30

COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 3 LEGAL, FISCAL AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK IN THE MINING AND ENERGY SECTOR

We will gain a more detailed insight into the investment framework in Liberia by sector. We will also share knowledge on how microfinance can assist local companies to become part of the supply chain and how risks can be avoided when planning your investment in Liberia. Ahmed ABDEL HAKAM, Senior Associate, Eversheds Sutherland
Ahmed Abdel Hakam

CLOSING REMARKS- END OF DAY 1

WELCOME COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Registration

SESSION 4 GOLD: LIBERIA’S PRIMARY EXPORT REVENUE SOURCE

Liberia’s first commercial gold mine New Liberty is forecast to produce 110,000-120,000 oz in 2018. What is the potential for new commercial gold mines to open soon?  What is the current progress on exploration projects and where is there potential for more discoveries in Liberia? Could gold to become the Liberia’s primary export revenue source?  
10:15 – 10:45

COFFEE BREAK

SESSION 5 IRON ORE: CURRENT STATUS, FUTURE TRENDS AND LESSONS LEARNED

Due to low commodity prices the global iron ore industry took a hit.  Now that prices are increasing again, what does this mean for Liberia’s iron ore industry? How can better planning for the future by both government and investors insulate the country from commodity shocks? How can Liberia retain more revenue generated from its iron ore?

SESSION 6 DIVERSIFICATION OF LIBERIA’S MINERAL RESOURCES

During this session, industry experts will consider how can Liberia look to develop other sources of income from its mineral resources.Speakers:
  • Larisa Leshchenko, Country Manager – Liberia, World Bank
 
Larisa Leshchenko

SESSION 7 ENERGY POTENTIAL: PROJECTS AND REGIONAL INTEGRATION

Mount Coffee could mean that Liberia can export electricity to the West African Power Pool project (WAPP) inter-connection grid which is currently being constructed in neighboring countries. There is also significant potential to develop other natural energy resources in Liberia and this session will consider how we can harness their power.
  • Stephen V. Potter Sr., Program Director, Rural and Renewable Energy Agency, Republic of Liberia
Stephen Potter

SESSION 8 ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION IN LIBERIA

At 4.9 percent, the country has the lowest electricity access rates in the world.  In Monrovia, it is less than 7%. The Government of Liberia by 2030 is planning to connect 70% of Monrovia to the electricity grid and provide access to 35% of the rest of the country.  On-grid electricity sold in Monrovia currently has a tariff of $0.39/kWh. Electricity is the largest component of operational expenses in Liberia for all businesses

ROUND TABLE 2 INCORPORATING THE PRO-POOR AGENDA INTO LIBERIA’S MINING AND ENERGY SECTORS

The Government of the Republic of Liberia’s proposed ‘pro-poor-agenda’ aims to give power to the people, promote economic diversification, protect sustainable peace, and encourage good governance.  The roundtable will look at how this can be achieved in the mining and energy industries through: 
  • Vocational training and education
  • Access to employment opportunities
  • Environmental and social protection (healthcare)
  • Local content development and increasing corporate social responsibility
 
  • Juan Antonio Frutos-Goldaratz, Chargé d’Affaires, European Union*
  • Dr Lester Tenny, Vice President for Technical Services, National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL)
Dr Lester TENNY

CLOSING CEREMONY

Presentation of the report of the Conference Sessions:  Hon. Carlton S. Miller, Deputy Minister, Mines & Energy and Chairman of the LIMEP Organising CommitteeClosing speech by: H.E Jewel TAYLOR, Vice President, Republic of LiberiaVote of thanks by: Hon. Gesler E. MURRAY, Minister, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Republic of Liberia
Hon. Carlton S. Miller
Hon. Gesler E. MURRAY

END OF LIMEP CONFERENCE

CLOSING COCKTAIL RECEPTION/ GALA DINNER

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