Digital Event



11h00 GMT   |   10h00 WAT   |   13h00 CAT

11h00 GMT | 10h00 WAT | 13h00 CAT

KEYNOTE: Impact of COVID-19 on DRC mining: what will the industry look like tomorrow?
  • What has been the contribution of the DRC government to assist all the major role players during the current pandemic, and post pandemic?
  • How can 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?
  •  Can the post-Covid recovery offer new ways of Great Lakes regional cooperation in the management of natural resources?
  • Before the pandemic, the World Risk Report by Mining Journal classified DRC as the most risky mining country. What is the strategy to mitigate the issue in addition to current crisis?

  • Prof. Willy Kitobo Samsoni, Minister, Ministry of Mining, DRC
  • Huang Xia, Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, United Nations
  • Jean Marc Châtaigner, Ambassador of European Union to the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC
 60 min
13H00 GMT   |   12h00 WAT   |   15h00 CAT

13H00 GMT | 12h00 WAT | 15h00 CAT

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 would be key to maintain sustainable business and activities post covid?
  • Finding the right recipe integrating compliance with fiscal rules, transparency of environmental and social impact and sharing of revenues with governments
  • Identify the needs of the market – is your business niche enough and in line with market trends?

  • Olebogeng Sentsho, CEO, Simba Mgodi Mining, SA
  • Rodolph De Bruin, Founding Partner, AMED Funds, SA
  • Boris Kamstra, Director, Pangea Exploration, SA
 60 min
15H00 GMT   |   14h00 WAT   |   17H00 CAT

15H00 GMT | 14h00 WAT | 17H00 CAT

Panel Discussion: Trade briefing: Department of Trade and Equipment Providers share their experience in the DRC
  • Insights on how the covid-pandemic affected trade in the DRC
  • What are international suppliers looking for in the DRC?
  • What are the challenges they are encountering and how do they go around it?
  • What is the DRC putting in place to incentivise and facilitate international presence and business?   
  • What will change post covid-19 for international suppliers doing business in the DRC?

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


11h00 GMT   |   10h00 WAT   |   13H00 CAT

11h00 GMT | 10h00 WAT | 13H00 CAT

Panel discussion: What commodities are showing more resilience from COVID-19 and why?

  • Will the permanency of these declines be tied to the duration of the crisis?
  • What is the distribution plan around the metals currently building surpluses due to the demand weakness?
  • How do future consumers will try to mitigate supply risks?
  • Why is gold considered as the safe haven
  • DRC: a unique combination of political, financial and operational challenges to understand when it comes to cobalt and copper
  • How to break dependency to cobalt? Is nickel an alternative?

  • Hamish Sampson, Senior Analyst Base Metals, CRU, UK
60 min
13h00 GMT   |   12h00 WAT   |   15H00 CAT

13h00 GMT | 12h00 WAT | 15H00 CAT

Panel discussion: 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?
  • Raphael Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer, Tembo Power, Mauritius
60 min
15h00 GMT   |   14h00 WAT   |   17H00 CAT

15h00 GMT | 14h00 WAT | 17H00 CAT

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

  • Lorenzo Giacomin, Project Director, Edukat, DRC
  • Justin Kashala, Human Resources Manager, Ivanhoe Mines, DRC

60 min


11h00 GMT   |   10h00 WAT   |   13h00 CAT

11h00 GMT | 10h00 WAT | 13h00 CAT

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 as a catalyst for Covid-19?
  • What are the biggest risks miners and communities are exposed to?
  • New reality: 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 impact of mining activities?

  • John Wates, Chairman, Fraser Alexander, South Africa
  • Luck Mumba, CSR head, Eurasian Resources Group Africa, DRC
60 min
13h00 GMT   |   12h00 WAT   |   15H00 CAT

13h00 GMT | 12h00 WAT | 15H00 CAT

Panel discussion: "The other side of the medal": Can we expect an acceleration into digitized mining economy due to Covid-19?
  • Can DRC and Africa get ready for advanced mining technology?
  • Humanizing digitalization: supporting labour intensive African economy vs. driving automation and disruption
  • How are mining companies currently leveraging targeted digital tools to support operations and value of key projects?
  • How to make Digital Transformation work for the DRC?


60 min
15h00 GMT   |   14h00 WAT   |   17H00 CAT

15h00 GMT | 14h00 WAT | 17H00 CAT

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?

  • John Nsana Kanyoni, Directeur, Trade Power, RDC
  • Eric Monga Mumba, Chief Executive, Kipay Investments, DRC

60 min