More than 300 delegates, including 40 exhibitors have registered for the Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference billed for Lusaka from 24-25 June this year.
The fourth mining indaba dubbed; “securing Zambia’s growth by ensuring the sustainable development of its mineral and energy resources” and to be graced by Vice President Guy Scott is intended to among other issues digress Zambia mining and energy potential and allow sector leaders gain a deeper understanding of Zambia’s mining and energy potential.
Organisers AME Amtrade Limited, the United Kingdom based organisation says the meeting is a forum intended to allow various players in the energy and mining sector get an indepth update of changes in the mining and energy sectors and chat the way forward as Zambia seeks to build on its unexploited potential to allow the economy to grow.
According to marketing manager, Barbora Kuckova, the opening day of the conference is expected to give an in-depth update of changes to Zambia’s mining and tax policies, as well as the achievements and challenges that the sector faces in 2014.
Zambia’s Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development Christopher Yaluma will speak on the government policy changes and tax reforms that affect the extractive industries.
Following this, Kuckova adds, representatives of major mining companies including Mopani, First Quantum Minerals and Blackthorn Resources, among others, will provide an update of challenges and achievements of the sector since last year.
“Key sector leaders will also speak on the issue of power in Zambia. This starts with discussions over the outlook for the power sector and explorations over new options for achieving power sustainability in Zambia”. Kuckova adds in a statement to the mining news Zambia.
Delegates will be given the opportunity to hear representatives from ZESCO, Zambia’s biggest energy company, debate these issues in a roundtable discussion later in the day.
Among other programmes on cards include a series of smaller seminars, focused on technical aspects of mining and power. On the first day, this includes a session on Zambia’s local content requisites which forms part of the Zambian Mining Local Content Initiative (ZMLCI), launched by Zambia’s vice President Scott early this year to encourage locals’ participation in the economy.