DRC Mining Week is back in 2017 with an even more extended outdoo expo floor! Benefit from over 2000 sqm of space to showcase your products and services to a targeted audience.
Our promise for 2017 is to deliver:
- + 35 mines and exploration companies
- + 110 exhibitors
- + 1300 attendees
- + 30 countries represented
- Products demonstrations
- Technical workshops
- Power solutions and Technology park
- To anticipate the end to the commodity super-cycle and slowdown in global growth, both the national and provincial governments have begun to increase their efforts in bringing the potential of local agricultural production to the attention of international investors – a strategy that proved effective in the past with mining, also as part of CSR objectives of mining companies, deliver a sustainable agriculture project is paramount.
- Strong ties between agriculture and mining in DRC already exists, for instance each mining company has to farm 500 hectares (ha) of land, which is predominantly maize at this point. There are a number of other parallels that can be drawn; Agriculture is similar to Mining in that it is capital intensive if done on a large scale.
- The largest startup cost is the preparation of the land for cultivation. Large scale farming has to be done together with infrastructure development.
- Technology and modern farming solutions boost productivity, thus increasing the crop output. And finally, agricultural products are also commodities and the sector values are driven by world commodity prices.
POWER SOLUTIONS AND TECHNOLOGY PARK
Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
- The push towards regional integration in eastern and southern Africa depends on a number of factors. One important factor is ensuring that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are fully equipped to contribute towards socio-economic development. This is because SMEs are a vital conduit through which the region can spur development, as the sector provides employment to the majority of the population, particularly youths and women.
- SMEs contribute over 50 percent of employment in the region. It is estimated that there are about six million SMEs in eastern and southern Africa operating in various sectors ranging from transport, tourism and mining to agriculture, manufacturing and retail.
- The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has officially launched the PDIFM project, an initiative for the development of financial infrastructures and markets. Initiated by the government and funded by the World Bank up to $30 million (€27.3 million), this project aims to increase the availability of finance for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the DRC.