Reporter: Jun TIAN
The first international conference and exhibition on mining in the Republic of Congo (CIEMC) under the theme “Diversification of the Congolese economy through showcasing of its mining potential” took place on October 3-4, 2013 at The Palais des Congrès in Brazzaville. Organized by the Ministry of Mines and Geology (Republic of Congo) in collaboration with AME Trade Ltd, the conference aims to become a major event in the mining sector in Central Africa.
“By providing this platform to decision-makers, experts and mineral traders, Congo aspires not only to demonstrating its need and commitment to addressing the issues on the development of mineral resources, but also to creating a framework conductive to trade in order to successfully consolidate the public-private partnership that is much needed in Africa, and finally helping integrate the continent in developing the mining sector,” said the Minister of Mines and Geology, Pierre Oba, at the opening ceremony.
According to Mrs. Dossou Kouamé, delegate from the World Bank in Congo, “the government decision to prioritize the mining sector is relevant because Congo has the potential to emerge as a major player in mining both globally and in Africa in the coming years and significantly stimulate its non-oil economy.”
Led by Mr. Fuliang Wang, VP of MagIndustries (“Mag”) and Deputy General Director of MagMinerals Potasse Congo, the Mag delegation is comprised of representatives of the three Mag subsidiaries in the Republic of Congo. As a platinum sponsor of the event, Mag participated in the exhibition and presented the Mengo Potash Project at the “Zoom sur les Projets Miniers” (Close-up on Mining Projects) seminar during the conference. Through active involvement Mag significantly enhanced its project visibility in the sub-region and gained macro-level insight into the mining sector in Congo.