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Event Overview

The African Copperbelt continues by turn to excite and to vex the global copper mining community– the obvious rewards of large, high-grade orebodies having to be weighed in the balance against the significant risk arising from operational hurdles and changing investment and mining laws. With even major resource houses now setting their sights on Africa for a new supply of copper units, it is not surprising that key mining regions of the continent are striving to ensure a more equitable distribution of the rewards from mining. Investors in Africa’s copper resources are now grappling with the prospect of stiffer tax regimes, foreign exchange controls and compulsory state shareholdings. Will the governments of Zambia, DRC and other countries with mineral wealth manage to strike the right balance – and will the redistribution of proceeds translate into the much needed social, logistical and infrastructure improvements?
Metal Bulletin Events's African Copper Conference returns this year to Lusaka, on the doorstep of the Central African Copperbelt, to examine just how much has been achieved in the mining sector there, discuss where the challenges lie and seek out the opportunities the region holds. Never has cross-sector dialogue been more important, and the African Copper IV Conference will provide the ideal forum in which to bring all stakeholders together for focused and insightful debate.
PLUS: A highlight of this year’s event will be the pre-conference optional field trip to First Quantum Minerals’ Kansanshi mine and soon-to-be-completed 300,000 tpy smelter near Solwezi – a fantastic opportunity to witness a state-of-the-art Copperbelt operation.
Key topics to be discussed

~With resource nationalism now a global trend, how do investors view Africa?

~New mines, expansions and smelter developments on the Copperbelt – how will these reshape African copper output?
~Infrastructure and energy – are we seeing any real progress on this front?

~Is investment in railroads and rolling stock starting to bear results?

~A new mining code for the DRC – have the battle lines been drawn between government and producers?

~Will new taxes, revenue controls and state participation in Zambian mining dent the attractiveness of the continent’s biggest producer?

~Is adding value to raw materials necessarily the best way of optimising copper industry receipts?

~Beyond the Copperbelt what can other countries offer in terms of new copper supply?

~How does capex and opex in African compare with other major copper mining provinces?

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 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