Agenda

WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE

KEYNOTE: Impact of COVID-19 on DRC mining: what will the industry look like tomorrow?

KEYNOTE: Impact of COVID-19 on DRC mining: what will the industry look like tomorrow?



 
  • Impact of COVID-19 in the short and medium term in the DRC
  • How can the DRC improve its industry attractiveness to investors? 
  • Mining code and business climate: What will be the incentive for investors and operators to propel their business and operations amid pandemic?
  • What are the current trade and business dynamics between EU and the DRC?
  • Can the post-COVID recovery offer new ways of Great Lakes regional cooperation in the management of natural resources?
Moderated by:
  • Elodie Delagneau, Event Director, DRC Mining Week
  • Louis Watum, President, Chamber of Mines, DRC
Participants:
  • Hon. Prof. Willy Kitobo Samsoni, Minister, Ministry of Mining, DRC
  • Serigne Diene, Senior Economic Advisor, Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, United Nations, Kenya 
  • Jean Marc Châtaigner, Ambassador of European Union to the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC
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 60 min
 

 

Panel discussion: How can existing and emerging players become/remain successful in the DRC?

Panel discussion: How can existing and emerging players become/remain successful in the DRC?

 
  
  • What experience and best practice can be shared to encourage internationals to start in the DRC
  • What is changing in investors’ mindsets regarding the DRC and the impact COVID-19 is having on the industry?
  • What are the do's and don'ts when it comes to kick-starting a business in the DRC?
  • Finding the right recipe integrating compliance with fiscal rules, transparency of environmental and social impact and the sharing of revenues with governments
  • What is key in supporting investors to identify if their business is niche enough and in line with market trends in the DRC?
Moderated by:
  • Laura Cornish, Editor in chief, Mining Review Africa, SA
  • Harry Chapman, Group Content Director – Imago Techmedia, Clarion Events

Participants:
  • Olebogeng Sentsho, CEO, Simba Mgodi Mining, SA
  • Rudolph De Bruin, Founding Partner, AMED Funds, SA
  • Boris Kamstra, Director, Pangea (Pty) Ltd., SA
  • Dr. Willem Jacobs, COO- Africa & Middle East, Barrick Gold Corp, Canada

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 75 min
International trade briefing: how did the pandemic affect trade in the DRC?

International trade briefing: how did the pandemic affect trade in the DRC?






 
  • Get an insight from experienced players successfully doing business in the DRC
  • What are international suppliers looking for in the DRC?
  • What are the challenges they encounter and how do they mitigate these?
  • What is the DRC putting in place to incentivise and facilitate international presence and business amid COVID-19?  
Moderated by:
  • Cedric Longange, Chairman, Congolese Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain

Participants:
  • Eric Bruggeman, Director and CEO, SACEEC, South Africa
  • Helmut Schgeiner, Technical Director, VDMA, Germany
  • John Kanyoni, Vice President, Chamber of Mines, DRC

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60 min

THURSDAY 18TH JUNE

Panel discussion: Which commodities are showing more resilience amid COVID-19 and why?

Panel discussion: Which commodities are showing more resilience amid COVID-19 and why?





 
  • Will the permanency of the decline of some commodities be tied to the duration of the crisis?
  • What is the plan for the metals currently building surpluses due to the lack of demand?
  • How will future consumers try to mitigate supply risks?
  • Why is gold considered a safe haven?
  • The DRC: A unique combination of political, financial and operational challenges when it comes to cobalt and copper
  • How to break dependency on cobalt? Is nickel an alternative?
Moderated by:
  • Laura Cornish, Editor in chief, Mining Review Africa, SA
  • Chantelle Kotze, Senior deputy editor, Mining Review Africa, SA

Participants:
  • George Heppel, Senior Analyst | Cobalt, Lithium & Battery Markets, CRU, UK
  • Olivier Binyingo, Director, Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP, SA  
  • Cyrille Mutombo, DRC Country Manager, Barrick​
  • Simon Tuma Waku, Deputy Managing Director, Tenke Fungurume Mining, DRC

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60 min
Power to the mines: A finger on the pulse of power projects in DRC

Power to the mines: A finger on the pulse of power projects in DRC

 
  • Sustainability of power transmission and distribution infrastructure
  • Looking at successful operating models that have mitigated fiscal risk and increased security of supply
  • Identifying key gaps in DRC’s electricity sector regulations and assessing improvements
  • Forecasts for Africa’s Power Infrastructure: Will DRC become self-sufficient and bring its mining industry along for the ride?
  • Strategies to attract investors for new power plant construction projects: Where to find the capital?
Moderated by:
  • Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, Editor: ESI Africa, Clarion Energy, SA
Participants:
  • Raphael Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer, Tembo Power, Mauritius
  • Serge Nawej Tshitembu, Grid Main Advisor, Geosolar, DRC

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60 min
 
Local content and capacity building post-Covid-19: opportunity to build an efficient “made in DRC” business model?

Local content and capacity building post-Covid-19: opportunity to build an efficient “made in DRC” business model?

  • Foreign national are currently restricted in the DRC: is it time to shine for the Congolese?
  • Building a local workforce from the bottom to the top of the ladder: Incentivising a Congolese executive management
  • Capacity Building for a Responsible Minerals Trade (CBRMT) project: Regulate the trade in conflict minerals—the 3Ts (tin, tantalum, tungsten) and gold
  • Local Content Policies (LCPs) conditions to operate in DRC mining sector
  • Bringing the gap between mining operators’ future operational strategy and government LCPs
Moderated by:​
  • Elodie Delagneau, Event Director, DRC Mining Week
  • John Kanyoni, Vice President, Chamber of Mines, DRC 

Participants:
  • Lorenzo Giacomin, Project Director, Edukat, DRC
  • Mrs. Gety Mpanu Mpanu, Deputy Chief of  Staff, of The Head of State in charge of Infrastructures, Mineral Resources, Hydrocarbons, Energy and PT-NTIC, Presidency,
  • Justin Kashala, Human Resources Manager, Ivanhoe Mines, DRC
  • Macaire Mulundu, Human Resources Manager, Ruashi Mining, DRC

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60 min

FRIDAY 19TH JUNE

Panel discussion: Health and Safety: Is there a new “modus operandi” to run mining operations in the DRC?

Panel discussion: Health and Safety: Is there a new “modus operandi” to run mining operations in the DRC?

  • Is it a good time to review health and safety measures considering that the mining industry can be considered a COVID-19 catalyst?
  • What are the biggest risks miners and communities are exposed to?
  • New realities: The need for the development of a global industry safety standard
  • Government and community: What is the level of communication and education to prevent accidents and manage the impact of mining activities?
Moderated by:
  • Alfonso Tejerina, Executive Director, Global Business Report​

Participants:
  • John Wates, Chairman, Fraser Alexander, South Africa
  • Zaheera Soomar, Director, Principal Advisory, Canada
  • Prof Dr Paul Mawaw Makan, Senior National Medical Advisor, International SOS, DRC

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60 min
Panel discussion: "The other side of the coin": Can we expect an acceleration into digitized mining economy due to Covid-19?

Panel discussion: "The other side of the coin": Can we expect an acceleration into digitized mining economy due to Covid-19?


     
 
  • Can DRC and Africa get ready for advanced mining technology?
  • Silver lining: Will COVID-19 support the integration of remote systems on mines and increase digital and smart mining in the DRC?
  • The Internet of Things: From utopia to potential implementation 
  • Dealing with the AI curse: How does it support the labour intensive DRC economy and drive automation and positive disruption?
Moderated by:
  • Laura Cornish, Editor in chief, Mining Review Africa, SA
  • Chantelle Kotze, Senior deputy editor, Mining Review Africa, SA

Participants:
  • Amanda Zaina Matenda, Mine Planning Services and Support Lead- Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA),  Hexagon Mining, SA
  • Mike Nel, Regional Manager for Continental Africa, Immersive technologies, SA
  • Jonathan Mbuluyo Instrumentation & Automation Specialist, Kibali Gold Mines, DRC

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60min
 
 
Panel discussion: « La lumière au bout du tunnel »:  Avancée des projets énergétiques en RDC

Panel discussion: « La lumière au bout du tunnel »:  Avancée des projets énergétiques en RDC

 
  • La course à l'alimentation électrique durable : Rapports sur l'état d'avancement des projets en cours et à venir
  • Diversifier la composition énergétique et revoir les modèles de fonctionnement de la RDC pour maximiser la production locale
  • Prévisions concernant l'infrastructure électrique de l'Afrique : La RDC deviendra-t-elle autosuffisante et fera-t-elle appel à son industrie minière ?
  • Stratégies visant à attirer les investisseurs pour les projets de construction de nouvelles centrales électriques : Où trouver les fonds?
Moderated by :
  • Elodie Delagneau, Event director, DRC Mining Week

Participants:
  • John Nsana Kanyoni, Directeur, Trade Power, RDC
  • Eric Monga Mumba, Chief Executive, Kipay Investments, DRC
  • Jean Paul Mbayo, Ingénieur en énergie, Kibali Gold Mines, RDC​

 *SESSION IN FRENCH ONLY – SÉANCE EN FRANCAIS UNIQUEMENT*

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60 min