All roads lead to Vic falls for the Mining Industry’s Prime Event

Isaac kwesu

On the 30th of May 2023, all roads lead to Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls where the highly anticipated mining industry’s prime event, Chamber of Mines AGM and Annual Mining Conference of 2023 will be taking place.

Mining Zimbabwe spoke to the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe (CoMZ) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Isaac Kwesu who said the must-attend event is a platform for engaging the government and key stakeholders in mining-related issues.

Here is what to expect at the Chamber of Mines AGM and Annual Mining Conference next week.

What is the purpose of the upcoming Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe’s AGM conference and exhibition?

Chamber of Mines AGM and Annual Mining Conference has emerged to become the mining industry’s prime event which provides a platform to engage Government and key stakeholders on pertinent matters affecting the mining industry.

The closed-door Council and AGM are a Chamber constitutional requirement that provides for discussion of issues affecting the mining industry and Chamber constitutional matters that include the election of Chamber Leadership: members of the Presidium, members of the Council and members of the Executive Committee. The AGM also discusses governance and high-level policy matters that affect the Chamber as a going concern as well as issues affecting the performance of the mining industry.

The Annual Mining Conference is held on the sidelines of the Closed-Door Meetings. The Conference has received overwhelming support over the years and continues to attract key stakeholders including the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Government Ministers, senior executives of Mining Houses, and those from the suppliers to the mining industry, investors, financiers, labour and from communities. The participation of the Government has allowed the mining industry an opportunity to build consensus with the Government in developing strategies to unlock the full potential of the mining sector to maximise the contribution of the Sector to the socio-economic development of the country. The Conference also provides an opportunity for suppliers and mining companies to exhibit and showcase their products.

Who are the targeted participants for this conference and exhibition?

The Conference draws participants from Senior Executives of mining companies, suppliers, bankers, financiers, and investors, as well as Senior Government Officials and all other stakeholders with interests in the mining industry. Attendance is open to all interested parties.

What are some of the key themes that will be discussed during the conference sessions?

The Conference will run under the Theme: Mining for Economic Transformation: “Creating Growth Enablers for the Mining Industry”. There will be a Lithium Symposium on the sidelines of the Main Conference running under the Theme: Unleashing the Growth Potential of the Battery Minerals Value Chain.

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Can you highlight any notable speakers or presenters who will be attending the event?

The President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, HE Dr. E. D. Mnangagwa has been invited to be the Guest of Honour. Other notable Speakers include Hon. W. Chitando, Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Dr. J. P. Mangudya, Governor, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Mr. July Ndlovu, seasoned mining expert, Mr. John Sisay, international mining expert, G. Botshiwe, Vice President, Chamber of Mines of Namibia, CEOs of Banking Institutions including Stanbic, Nedbank, Ecobank, ZB Bank, Old Mutual, CBZ, Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa, and representatives from Hatch (international technology company). The Victoria Falls Stock Exchange has also been invited to speak at the Annual Mining Conference.

What are the requirements for Companies that want to showcase new technologies or trends that at the exhibition segment of the conference?

There will be opportunities to exhibit at the conference, details can be obtained from the Chamber Secretariat. We urge those interested to make early arrangements as the space available is filling up fast.

What are some of the specific networking opportunities that delegates can expect from attending this conference and exhibition?

There will be several networking and entertainment activities lined up including sponsored boat cruise, dinners, cocktails, and a golf networking tournament. It is our hope that these activities will afford delegates sufficient opportunities to develop networks that support their businesses and personal growth.

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