Why organise SMG 2017?

By organising Symposium Mines Guinea, the Government of the Republic of Guinea are proving that they are putting their policy of promoting Guinea as an attractive and ideal mining investment destination into practise by:

  • Relaunching mining activities post Ebola epidemic
  • Developing mining projects with a focus on minerals resisting to the market downturn;
  • Attracting new investors for a better assessment of the country’s mineral deposits through Public-Private Partnerships
  • Supporting and diversifying  the development of mining projects

SMG 2017: West Africa’s largest mining event

Symposium Mines Guinea is now established as the largest mining event currently organised in West Africa. In 2011, the event attracted over 900 delegates, 90 exhibitors and over 3000 visitors, emanating from over 25 countries. Eighty five presentations were delivered and technical visits were undertaken to the mining sites of Simandou, Kamsar, Sangaredi and Boké.

SMG 2017, an established event

Symposium Mines Guinea has been organised on a biannual basis since 2004 (Bel Air, Boffa, Guinea), 2006 (Dusseldorf, Germany), 2008 and 2011 (Conakry, Guinea). SMG 2017 will be the 5th edition of the event.

The Mining sector, the key to transforming the national economy for the benefit of all actors

Symposium Mines Guinea an integral part of improving the Guinean mining business environment

SMG 2017 will be an ideal platform for the Government of the Republic of Guinea to promote the reforms that are currently in process, thereby making the Guinean mining sector the most investor friendly mining destination in Africa:

  • Building institutional capacity by training the mining administration to be more responsive to the needs of the investors
  • Improving the capturing and availability of mining geological data
  • Modernizing and cleaning up the mining cadastre (149 mining permits were recently withdrawn)
  • Unveiling the One stop shop Facility for business procedures that will simplify and speed up the processing of licenses, permits and other approvals for mining and infrastructure projects, saving mining operators time and money. The next step will simplify and expedite the licensing process and procedures to ensure a client-friendly computerized OSS.
  • Catalysing the transformation and value addition to local minerals
  • Strengthening the dialogue between stakeholders: Government, local communities and mining companies.
  • Creating local expertise in the workforce and Guinean SME’s thereby attract more investment in the country.
  • Reinforcing the legislative, regulatory & fiscal framework including the mining code (2013) EITI (certified since 2014), the Kimberly Process and local content policy framework.
  • Increasing energy supply; the opening of the Kaleta hydroelectric dam in 2015 resolved a capacity shortfall that had for 50 years prevented the country from reaching its full potential. 550-MW Souapiti hydropower project is in construction (US$1.5 billion project) and will double the country’s power supply when complete.
  • Communicating clearly and transparently with all stakeholders through the Ministry Website: mines.gov.gn and Contract Review Portal: contratsminiersguinee.org