The Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference (ZIMEC) returns to the capital, Lusaka with an initial attraction of more than 250 delegates and exhibitors indicating their participation in the two-day Indaba.
This year’s indaba being held under the theme, “Securing Zambia’s growth by ensuring the sustainable development of its mineral and energy resources” has attracted an initial 260 delegates as preparations get underway in readiness for the conferences and exhibitions from exhibitors and experts to deliberate on among other but main sectors, energy and mining to be held from 24-25 June.
Barbora Kuckova, the event spokesperson said the event seeks to dissect issues affecting Zambia’s growth as it strives to attain a middle income status by 2030 hence the theme adduced.
“We have stepped up preparations…..so far we have 260 confirmed participants while the response from various partners is overwhelming” Kuckova said.
The event to be graced by Zambia’s vice President Guy Scott and mines energy and water development minister, Christopher Yaluma has been dubbed to showcase Zambia’s potential in all the sectors of the economy, especially mining and energy and devise initiatives and policies to foster sustainable growth.
Zambia has in recent months been advocating for a diversification from traditional mining to agriculture and other sectors for sustained growth since copper and other minerals are wasting assets.
The event being organized by Amtrade, a United Kingdom based organisation in collaboration with the Government and the Association of Mineral Exploration Companies (AZMEC), has attracted several sponsorship from the corporate world including mining companies.
Potential sponsors that have indicated their willingness to partner with Amtrade in the ZIMEC event include, silver sponsors, Mopani and First Quantum Minerals (FQML), Bronze sponsors, GE Imaginations at Work, Barloworld, North Western Railway jointly with their partners, Grindrod Zambia, Blackthorn and Natural Conservancy.
Other sponsors as associate partners, are international auditing and accountancy firm, Deloitte and torche, power utility, Zesco and Stanbic Bank, among others interested in participating in the two-day event. There are other activities lined up including raffles, breakfast meetings and site visits to selected places of interest for participants.
The organizers envisage that this year’s indaba will provide a definitive platform for showcasing Zambia’s economic potential at which various experts in all sectors will converge and brainstorm on the future of the country, whose growth potential has been stifled by various factors including lack of reliable infrastructure.
Zambia’s vice President Guy Scott and his mining energy and water development minister Christopher Yaluma are expected to grace the conference and exhibitions.
According to the programme by Amtrade, the event will hold parallel conference streams, focusing on the country’s economic prospects, chiefly mining and energy potential. Delegates will have an opportunity to participate in the sectors’ hottest debates, meet and learn from the sector leaders and showcase various products in the co-located exhibitions that will be held concurrently.
Last year, ZIMEC, like was the case since inception four years ago, was held in Lusaka with over 490 delegates drawn from 28 countries held from 19-20 June 2013 under the theme; “Developing Zambia’s Mining and Energy Sector Towards 2020,”.
Writer: Jeff Sinkamba