“Key message to show what is possible to achieve in Kenya”
Kenya’s Mining Cabinet Secretary Hon. Dan Kazungu will officially open the Kenya Mining Forum in Nairobi on Wednesday 28 September where the industry will discuss the country’s recently updated mining act and how it is expected to ease the way for investment into and development of the country’s burgeoning mining sector.
Hon. Kazungu said in a recent interview* that he expects the country’s mining sector to grow significantly in the next ten years, adding: “the government has recognised that the mining industry is a key pillar for growth and economic transformation and so we are preparing the country for the next big wave of mining activity”.
What is possible to achieve in Kenya
Many leading mining companies and pioneers will be attending the two-day inaugural Kenya Mining Forum, including Base Titanium, which runs its flagship development, Kwale Mineral Sands Project, in Kwale County, 50km south of Mombasa.
“Base’s key message is to show the world what is possible to achieve in Kenya” says Joe Schwarz – General Manager External Affairs and Development at Base Titanium. He adds: “by showcasing the successful development and operation of the Kwale Mine and the strong cooperation and commitment received from the Government of Kenya, we hope to be viewed as a catalyst for further investment in the country’s mining sector.”
He continues: “another key message is to demonstrate to potential investors the efforts being undertaken by the government to facilitate growth of the mining sector. Central to this is the Mining Act 2016, but other initiatives are equally important; for example the plan to conduct the aerial geophysical survey, the huge investments being made in infrastructure and the drive to lower the cost of energy through increased production and improved delivery.”
Industry support for Kenya Mining Forum
The excitement in the country’s mining industry is clear with huge support for the event. Base Titanium is the exclusive diamond sponsor for Kenya Mining Forum while Acacia Mining and UN Women are gold sponsors. Other sponsors include Afex Kenya Ltd, Congo Energy Solutions, MTL Consulting, Panafrican, Socabelec East Africa Ltd, Vision Scientific & Engineering and Vivo Energy Kenya.
Other sector leaders that will be present at the conference include: Deloitte Kenya, KPMG, Strathmore Extractives, Adam Smith International, Geotech Airborne Limited, Porini Gems, Bamba Mining Company Ltd, Baburi Cement, Coulson Harney Advocates SGS Tanzania and Tata Chemicals Magadi.
There is also solid institutional support, also regionally, including from the Ministry of Mining, the International Monetary Fund, the Kenya Chamber of Mines, KenInvest, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, KEPSA, DRC Chamber of Mines, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya Urban Roads Authority, the Tanzania Chamber of Mines and Energy and Tanzania Women’s Mining Association.
Kenya Mining Forum is organised by Spintelligent, a well-known trade conference and expo organiser on the continent, with particular expertise and experience in mining and infrastructure development events; including the long running flagship shows such as the iPAD series, DRC Mining Week, CBM-TEC in Zambia, iPAD Nigeria Mining & Quarrying Forum in Abuja and African Utility Week in Cape Town.
*Mining Review Africa interview: http://www.kenyaminingforum.com/cabinetsecretary
Kenya Mining Forum dates and location:
Conference: 28-29 September 2016
Opening session: 09h00, 28 September 2016
Event location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya