Day 1
03 Jul 2018
Day 2
04 Jul 2018

Registration and refreshments

Welcome remarks from AME Trade

Serigo Silva, Deputy General Manager, AME Trade

Moderator: Pascal Lefèvre, Independent consultant

Opening Address

Eleanor Baha MBE, Deputy Director & Head of Trade, Department for International Trade in Switzerland & Liechtenstein

Keynote Address

The role of collaboration in ensuring the sustainable and inclusive growth of Africa’s mining industry

Janvier Nkurunziza, Chief, Commodity Research and Analysis, UNCTAD

Janvier Nkurunziza

Keynote Panel

Developing financial and strategic partnerships to advance new and existing African mining projects

  • In the increasing competition for FDI, where does Africa sit?
  • The role of the Europe as a customer for African minerals
  • Evaluating the role of each stakeholder in mitigating jurisdictional risk
  • Demonstrating political stability- what are investors looking for?
  • As commodity prices recover, how can mining companies and government partners ensure that expectations are in sync?
  • The importance of flexibility in loan instruments to cater to regional and regulatory differences

Louis Coetzee, CEO, Kibo Mining

Rudolph de Bruin, Co-founder, AMED

Akshai Fofaria, Partner, Pinsent Masons

Rudolph de Bruin
Louis Coetzee
Akshai Fofaria

Coffee break


11:10 In light of the recent global rebound in commodity prices, mining companies and international investors need to discuss how to capitalize on upcoming market shifts and the most promising commodity investments.

  • Reviewing hedging strategies to boost returns and mitigate volatility
  • Gold vs Copper- which has a more promising long-term outlook for investors
  • Are we seeing the end of the zinc boom?
  • What are the key drivers for the changing demand for aluminium ore?
  • Are gemstones and diamonds underestimated investment opportunities?
  • Exploring opportunities for battery technology minerals

Moderator: Rachid Amui, Economic Affairs Officer- Special Unit of Commodities, UNTAD

Dana Kallasch, Co-founder and Head of Lead and Operations, Commodity Capital

Ingo Hofmaier, Partner- Head of Mining and Metals, Hannam and Partners

Claude Bejet, Swiss Mining Club

Claude Bejet
Ingo Hofmaier
Dana Kallasch

Networking lunch


Invited Ministers of Mining from Africa’s most promising countries will give a speech on their country’s mining regulations and advantages for new strategic and financial investors.

Moderator: Sergio Silva, Deputy General Manager, AME Trade

13:10 Ministerial Address: Senegal

Ibrahima Gueye, Secretary General, Ministry of Mines and Geology

13:30 Ministerial Address: Tanzania

Hon. Doto Mashaka Biteko MP, Deputy Minister of Minerals


Coffee Break


Leading mining companies and technology providers will present case studies on the geology of different African regions and help delegates identify Africa’s next world-class mineral deposits.

Moderator: Sergio Silva, Deputy General Manager, AME Trade

14:20 Case Study: The opportunities for iron development in Senegal

Amadou Camara, Managing Director, MIFERSO

14:40 Case Study: Session Reserved for Global Atomic Corporation

Stephen Roman, President and CEO, Global Atomic Corporation

15:00 Case Study: Underlining the geological potential for world-class mineral deposits across West Africa

Joel Holliday, Group Exploration Director, Randgold Resources

15:20 Case Study: Project update: Ethiopia

Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, Executive Director, KEFI Minerals

15:40 Case Study: Discovering Zimbabwe’s untapped potential

Alexander Mhembere, CEO, ZIMPLATS

16:00 Case Study: Unlocking the gold potential of Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal

Stephen Letwin, CEO, IAMGOLD

Stephen Roman
Joel Holiday
Steve Letwin
Harry Anagnostaras-Adams

Close of conference day 1

Registration and refreshments


09:00 As developments in digital technology provide mining companies with more and more opportunities to increase productivity and lower operational costs, it is vital that stakeholders discuss the next steps in investing in disruptor technology:

  • Who are the major strategic and financial partners advancing digital mining technologies?
  • The role of digital technology improving exploration techniques and lowering investment risk
  • Onsite electricity generation- the answer to lowering costs?
  • Balancing automation and efficiency with current labour laws and local content policies
  • Overcoming adoption barriers to smoothly integrate green and digital technologies

Moderator:  Akshai Fofaria, Partner, Pinsent Masons

René Zarske, Project Manager- Mining, Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC

Gabriele Ruggiero, Key Account Sales Executive, Pix4d

Tawana Kupe, Professor, Wits Mining Institute

Gabriele Ruggiero
René Zarske
Akshai Fofaria

Coffee break


10:30 Following the uptick in commodity prices, investors are putting an emphasis on accountability and returns.

Mining companies need to therefore work alongside their financial partners to establish how to create long-term returns in a cyclical industry

  • Key success factors for raising capital in current market conditions
  • Assessing stakeholder engagement strategies to develop long-term returns in a cyclical industry
  • Following restructures, what is the potential for mining companies to see sustainable growth?
  • Return on invested capital- an effective metric to demonstrate shareholder value?
  • Portfolio optimisation- balancing Greenfield exploration, brownfield expansion and acquisition strategy

Moderator: Alex Walker, Mining Sales Specialist, Pareto Securities

Daniel Major, CEO, GoviEx Uranium

Bernard Pryor, CEO, Alufer Mining

Stephen Letwin, CEO, IAMGOLD

Angelos Damaskos, Chief Executive Officer, Sector Investment Managers

Alex Walker
Angelos Damaskos
Daniel Major
Steve Letwin
Bernard Pryor

Networking lunch

SESSION 6: Trade Finance

13:00 As production of African raw materials increases, the role of structured trade finance must change to accommodate new players. Leading banks and specialist traders will discuss the next steps in overcoming trade barriers.

  • How is regulation affecting banks willingness to finance some commodity transactions?
  • Has the upturn in commodity price improved investors’ appetite for risk?
  • What are the next steps in increasing intra-Africa trade?
  • The role of digitisation in overcoming trade barriers
  • Will impact will recent block-chain developments have on STCF?
  • How can collateral management agreements make commodity finance more secure?

Moderator: René Zarske, Project Manager- Mining, Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC

Cobus Visagie, CEO, Africa Merchant Capital

Dragan Kilibarda, Head of Trading, TMT Metals

Simon Cohen, Base Metals Trader, Danex Resources

Dragan Kilibarda
Cobus Visagie

Coffee Break


15:00 Roundtable discussions

Led by an expert speaker, each roundtable will provide delegates with an opportunity to delve deeper into the controversial issues discussed throughout the conference. Don’t miss the opportunity to get your most pressing questions answered and connect with future partners.

  1. The role of technology in enhancing mining operations

Tawana Kupe, Professor, Wits Mining Institute

  1. The Congolese mining potential: Opportunities to invest in concret projects (Cobalt, Gold and Coltan and diamond)

Tony Maniema, Development and Coordination Manager, Chamber of Commerce Swiss - R.D.Congo

  1. The role of African commodities in an international market

Cobus Visagie, CEO, Africa Merchant Capital

Cobus Visagie

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