31 Oct 2017
01 Nov 2017
02 Nov 2017

Registration for pre-conference training programmes

Master Class Session

Developing sustainability strategies across the supply chain for added value of community investment and stronger stakeholder relationships – leading to a competitive advantage

Registration for main conference and decoration of exhibition stands


Participants to be seated

Official Opening Ceremony

The conference opening will be given by government officials and sponsors. His Excellency Desiré Delano Bouterse, President of the Republic of Suriname* Hon. Regilio Dodson, Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources, Republic of Suriname* IFC*

Opening of SURIMEP 2017

Exhibition ribbon cutting and official visit of exhibition stands

Session 1

Legal Frameworks and Policies for the Extractive Industry

  • Introduction to the new mining law and code in Suriname
  • The importance of modernizing Suriname’s legislative and regulatory structures
  • Improvement of transparency and the business environment
  • Working towards attracting private investment
  • Defining renewable energy policies
  • Updating and consolidating oil and gas legislation
  • What needs to be implemented to meet the EITI standard?
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch and networking

Session 2

Investment Opportunities in Suriname

Given the stable political environment and richness in natural resources, Suriname is ideally placed for both public and private investment.  During this session, speakers will highlight the current project pipelines and the benefits of investing in the region.

  • Mining projects
  • Energy projects
  • Oil & gas related projects
14:30 - 15:00

Coffee Break

Session 3

Private and Public Financing for Economic Development

Suriname has an open, market-driven economy that promotes foreign inward investment and has attracted investors from several countries including the USA, China and the UAE, with the majority of FDI directed at the mining sector.  The economy is dominated by the mining industry, with exports of oil, gold, and alumina accounting for about 94% of export revenue and 40% of GDP.

  • Incentives to attract local and international investment
  • Investor perspectives – What they are looking for
  • Risks and rewards

Session 4

Regional Cooperation in Developing the Extractive Industries

17:00 - 20:00

Welcome Cocktails

Welcome Coffee

Session 5

The Gold Industry and Diversifying Suriname’s Mining sector

Through several world class mining companies present in Suriname, the mining industry dominates Suriname’s economy.  Alumina, bauxite, gold, and petroleum account for the bulk of all exports.  As a result, the economy is vulnerable to market fluctuations.  During this session, industry players will discuss:

  • Perspectives of the mining sector in Suriname
  • Updates on respective projects
  • New exploration projects
  • Diversifying Suriname’s mineral resources, basalt and mineral sands
  • The need for geological survey and mining cadaster
  • Social and Environmental management plans and developments
Dr. Theo Wong

Session 6

Responsible Artisanal Small-Scale Mining

Artisanal and small scale mining is wide spread in Suriname, but this comes with its own challenges and concerns including significant threats to ecosystem services and human livelihoods.

  • The School of Mining - Training small-scale gold miners on the benefits of new production methods
  • Managing and legalizing small scale mining activities – What needs to be considered?
  • Developing sustainable livelihoods and communities for the upcoming generation of Suriname
  • Preventing deforestation, mercury contamination and the pollution of inland waterways
  • Health, economic security and ecological considerations
  • Balancing industrial mining and informal mining in Suriname
  • Leveraging the subsector’s potential for positive economic and social impacts
  • Women and their role in Artisanal mining
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

Session 7

Suriname’s Petroleum Industry Progress and Potential

Suriname is the third largest crude oil producer in the Caribbean after Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba. This largely unexploited industry has the potential to increase the economy of the country in the future. Suriname recently announced new open-door policy for licensing that is expected to encourage further exploration and developments in its hydrocarbon sector. 

  • New developments in current petroleum activities
  • Offshore potential – opportunities emerging from offshore exploration activities
  • The latest geological and geophysical information
  • Attracting new E&P companies
  • Incorporating environmental and social impact assessments
  • Downstream opportunities and technologies
12:30 -13:30

Lunch and Networking

Session 8

The National Power System – Creating a Renewable Energy

Mix  and Tapping into an Abundant Water Supply

Clean, fresh water could become Suriname’s main export product. According to research, Water-rich Suriname has 228,000 per capita m3 of renewable freshwater resources annually. Feasibility studies and concessions are underway for the export of fresh surface water from Suriname, which could add to the economic diversity of the country.  However, Suriname needs consider alternative renewable energy sources to alleviate its dependency on hydro while boosting capacity. There is currently the challenge of promoting energy efficiency and increasing the ratio of renewable energy in the country's energy mix.

  • Suriname’s hydroelectric potential and new developments
  • Enhancing the energy supply by means of alternative energy sources
  • Developing renewable energy and energy efficient initiatives
  • Fostering IPPs to add to the national grid
  • Renewable energy potential in Suriname
  • Identifying the effects of taking water from nature
  • Production of clean drinking water
  • Water export policies and legislation
  • Preventing water pollution by the extractive industry

Coffee Break

Session 9

Infrastructure Linkages and Suriname’s Ambitious Development Plans

In order to better use and manage Suriname’s natural resources, one needs to consider the infrastructure necessary to grow each sector, including roads, rails, ports, airports, dams and energy.  Suriname has implemented ambitious development plans with a view to boosting economic activities and improving quality of life.

  • Infrastructure development and corridors investment – developing PPPs
  • Inter-regional transport infrastructures – “Oost-West Verbinding” (East-West Connection Highway
  • Improvements to current infrastructure for social and economic benefit
  • Industrial plans to support of the mining, oil & gas sectors
Farsi Khudabux

Session 10

Local Content Development – Solutions for Successful Resource Industry Projects

Local development is vitally important in order to create a sustainable economic climate in any country. There is a need to increase local capacities through education, skills and expertise development, as well as the transferring through active research and development portfolios.  What are companies and government doing to increase local content in Suriname?

  • Local content policy - Commitment to local sourcing of goods, services and expertise
  • Sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility / Local Community – Human and Social Development
  • Creating SMEs linkages in extractive industries
  • Skills development training – What needs to be done?

Conclusions and Recommendations

19:00 - 22:00

Gala Dinner