Webinar - Exploring gold potential in the DRC

Exploring gold potential in the DRC


The north-east corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to one of Africa’s richest goldfields, including Barrick Corporation’s Kibali gold mine –the largest gold mine in Africa. However, in recent years’ gold mining activities have contributed little to the overall prosperity of the nation due to the ongoing conflict and violence in the area, the scale of the mining activities – mainly artisanal, and the smuggling of gold to neighbouring countries.

Please join DRC Mining Week and Mining Review Africa for a Webinar session that will explore the lucrative gold opportunities in the region, how best to overcome the challenges in accessing these ore bodies and what untapping these resources could do the DRC economy.

Key discussion points will include:
  • How to promote investment into the development of the gold mining sector in the region? 
  • How can the DRC government create an attractive, competitive fiscal eco-system that encourages artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) to engage in formal gold trading? 
  • What traceability models can be implemented to ensure chain of custody and transparency?
  • What are the current reputational concerns from gold importing countries when it comes to sourcing gold from the DRC? 
  • What role do juniors play towards developing local communities and building the ASM sector by tapping into new projects?
  • What should companies consider when looking to invest in a gold mining project in north-eastern DRC? 

Expert panelists:
  • Lazarre Potier, Deputy Chief of Party of Zahabu Safi, a USAID-funded artisanal mining project in DRC
  • François Adao, Lawyer, Herbert Smith Free Hills, France

Moderated by:  
  • Laura Cornish, Editor, Mining Review Africa, South Africa