Africa’s copper potential continues to hold the interest of the global mining community. Zambia and DRC are striving to meet higher production targets, and supply is growing in countries such as Botswana and Namibia. Interesting new polymetallic developments elsewhere on the continent could feed more copper units into the pipeline. Progress is being made to overcome the logistical, infrastructure, political and social hurdles and – despite the risks – investment interest is on the increase.
Metal Bulletin Events returns to the Copperbelt in 2014 for its increasingly popular African Copper Conference. The only event on the calendar focusing specifically on the exploration, extraction and production of copper in Africa, the conference is a must for anyone wanting to get a better understanding of industry dynamics in this promising but challenging copper-producing region.
Key topics for discussion:
· Who is producing what and where? Are the expansions and new projects on schedule?
· Is funding available for new mine investments and what criteria will determine which get financed?
· How much progress is being made on upgrading infrastructure, energy and transport links?
· Can government, NGOs, companies and communities reach consensus on the rewards and risks of African copper mining?
PLUS: OPTIONAL FIELD TRIP TO MOPANI COPPER MINES’ MUFULIRA OPERATIONS!!
· Who should attend?
· Traders, smelters and users of copper looking for new supply sources · Junior miners and exploration firms looking to showcase their projects and secure finance · Governments and policy makers wishing to canvass and convey views · Brokers and bankers looking for new opportunities and wanting to gauge the risks · Logistics and infrastructure providers, equipment makers and consultants seeking new sales openings · Anyone with an interest in global copper supply-demand balances and trends