by Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh
African mining authorities and their industry counterparts will be meeting in Accra, from 11-12 September for the 5th West & Central Africa Mining Summit 2012 to tackle the latest challenges and opportunities in the rapidly developing West & Central Africa mining scene.
Among the sector-critical issues to be discussed will be the growth drivers for investments into the regional mining boom, especially China's Demand for Mineral Resources; the New Sources of Institutional Capital for Mining Companies & Funding Options for New Discoveries. The Summit will also deliberate on the question: Is Africa an Acquisitions-Friendly Market?
This year's distinguished speakers include: Mr Mike Hammah, Minister, Ghana's Lands and Natural Resources; Benjamin Aryee, Chief Executive, Minerals Commission of Ghana; Hon A Kpandel Fayia, Liberian Deputy Minister for Planning and Development / Focal Point, Lands, Mines & Energy; and Ousmane Cisse, Director of Mining & Geology, Ministry of Mines, Senegal.
A special feature of the two-day event will be the Summit Exhibition which will showcase the latest technologies and best practices from the industry's leading players, including: Atlas Copco, Lycopium Minerals, Banro Corporation, and DRA Mining.
This 5th Summit is officially endorsed by the Ghana Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources (MLNR), the Ghana Minerals Commission (MC), and the Ghana Chamber of Mines (GCM), and supported by the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) and the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf).
The CEO of the conference organizing company, Magenta Global Pte Ltd, Singapore, Ms Maggie Tan, said: 'This Summit puts the spotlight on the tremendous potential of West & Central Africa mining economies. Investments into this sector will play a huge role in generating revenue, employment and sustainable economic and social development.