COUNTRY PAVILION INTERVIEW: “Zimbabwean exporters of mining consumables, engineering and safety solutions are looking forward to doing business with both small and large-scale miners in the Katanga region.”

ZimTrade country pavilion at DRC Mining Week1)    Welcome to DRC Mining Week! What products or projects will the ZimTrade pavilion display at the event in Lubumbashi this year?
Thank you. This is the first time that ZimTrade will be exhibiting at a fair in DRC and we are very excited by the prospect. The inaugural Zimbabwean pavilion at the DRC Mining Week will include 10 companies which will be showcasing various products including mining supplies, engineering products, workwear, as well as building and construction materials.

2)    What makes the mining sector in the DRC exciting for Zimbabwean companies?
According to a market survey that we conducted in Lubumbashi in October 2016, DRC produces more than 3% of the world’s copper and half its cobalt, most of which comes from Katanga region. Moreover, the mining sector in the Katanga region is composed of both large-scale mining firms and the small artisanal mining operations (ASSM).

Zimbabwean exporters of mining consumables, engineering and safety solutions are looking forward to doing business with both small and large-scale miners in the Katanga region. DRC, which is a member of SADC and borders five EAC countries, also serves as a gateway into East Africa giving Zimbabwean companies an opportunity to expand their business into countries such as Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda.
 
3)    How important is DRC Mining Week as an annual forum for the mining sector in this region?
Our research shows that DRC Mining Week is the largest mining and industrial platform in DRC which brings together miners, suppliers of mining and industrial supplies, international professionals, policymakers and other key stakeholders in the mining sector to explore and showcase products, services and innovative technologies. Over 2300 international professionals and stakeholders from more than 50 countries are expected to attend the fair giving Zimbabwean companies an opportunity to showcase their products to a very wide audience.

4)    What will be your message at DRC Mining Week this year?
We are inviting all visitors to come to the ZimTrade pavilion for B2B meetings with suppliers of high quality and affordable products from Zimbabwe.

5)    Anything you would like to add?
We are looking forward to a successful show. See you there!