Press release 22-10-2018

SIM Senegal 2018: Only 3 Weeks To Go For One Of The Largest Mining Events In West Africa


Dakar, Senegal – October, 2018: The 5th Senegal International Mining conference and exhibition (SIM Senegal 2018) will take place at the Hotel King Fahd Palace in Dakar, from the 6-8 November 2018. With the related current theme “Mines and geology, factors for progress and employment in an emerging Senegal” in mind, SIM Senegal 2018 aims to continue to provide a resilient platform for the west African community to congregate, learn, innovate and synergise.


The event is deeming to a massive success, yet again, expecting to have over +400 industry related delegates, + 45 exhibitors and +3000 visitors. SIM Senegal 2018’s proud list of sponsors include big names in mining such as as Sabodala Gold Operations SA, Toro Gold, Grad Cote Operations, IDC, CSTT, Bassari Resources, MIFERSO and many more. H.E. Macky SALL, President of Republic of Senegal and H.E. Mouhammad Boun Abdallah Dionne, Prime Minister of Republic of Senegal will be attending and addressing at the event.

SIM Senegal is one of the largest mining events in West Africa and the only event supported by the government of Senegal dedicated to expanding the country’s mining sector, providing unparalleled insight into Senegal’s new mining code and development plans.


“SIM has given me an understanding of the potential of mineral resources in Senegal and investment opportunities.” Lawrence D.| Sales Director, Orica Mining


The event is being hosted at the optimal time. Senegal is on the brink of a major mining boom and is one of the leading nations in the thriving West African mining economy. Exploration is going on in full scale in the country and several mining giants such as Toro Gold and Bassari Resources move into production. Toro Gold has poured its first gold at its Mako gold mine in Eastern Senegal, two weeks ahead of schedule. Apart from gold, Senegal is also rich in iron ore. The Falémé iron reserves are estimated to amount to 750 million tonnes. Grand Cote Operations have found promising Zircon reserves, North of Dakar.


Implementation of the mining code in March 2017 promoting transparency and sustainability have also attracted investment as it shows the political will of the government to further exploration and production.


Thus with Senegal being an increasingly desirable mining destination, the 5th Senegal International Mining Conference & Exhibition (SIM Senegal) will consist of three days of dedicated conference sessions, joint exhibition, robust panel discussions delving into the critical factors prevalent to the mining industry of Senegal. Discussions will focus on encouraging diversification, improving infrastructure, furthering economic development and increasing socio-economic benefits by bringing in investors from all over the world in a vastly untapped market.


The event is the optimal opportunity to network and discuss with Senegal’s main political, economic and institutional decision makers. Key topics will include current and upcoming projects and gain useful insights into the current trends of the Senegalese mining sector and the investment opportunities.


Key Sessions Include:

  • Exploration of geo-resources, source of socio-economic development and employment
  • Human capital and mining
  • Positioning local content in the mining sector
  • Funding model for mineral resources development
  • Gender and mining
  • Gold mining in Senegal: Prospects for achieving PES objectives
  • Boosting the potential of the phosphate industry
  • Infrastructure to support mining
  • Rehabilitation, health. Hygiene and safety in mining areas
  • Adding value to development minerals


2018 Speaker Panel Include emissaries:


  • E. Macky Sall, President, Republic of Senegal
  • E. Mouhammad Boun Abdallah Dionne, Prime Minister, Republic of Senegal
  • Dr Aissatou Sophie Gladima, Minister of Mines and Geology, Senegal
  • Jean-Claude Kouassi, minister of Mines & Geology, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire
  • António Serifo Embaló, Minister of Energy, Industry and Natural Resources, Guinea Bissau
  • Mame Lelenta Hawa Baba Ba, Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Republic of Mali
  • Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable development, Morocco
  • Ahmed Messili, Head of Cabinet, Ministry of Industry and Mines, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • Abdou Aziz Sy, President of Mines, Senegal
  • Ibrahima Gueye, Secretary General, Ministry of Mines & Geology, Senegal
  • Ousmane Cisse, Director of Mines and Geology, Senegal
  • AMmélie Binette, Project ESP-EPE, Canada
  • Aminata Ly Faye, Corporate Affairs Manager, Sabodala Gold Operations
  • Gwenael Guillen, Health, Safety and Sustainability senior Director West Africa IAMGOLD
  • Hamidou SOW, Deputy General Manager, Petowal Mining Company (Toro Gold)
  • Moussa DIBA, Exploration Manager, Bassari Resources Ltd
  • Layti NDIAYE, Mines Head- Senegal, Dangote
  • Amadou Camara, DG MIFERSO
  • Christian MULAMULA, Senior Investment officer, IFC



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