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DRC: mining and energy join forces

There is increasing synergy between the Democratic Republic of Congo Ministries of Energy and of Mines to use the country’s mineral and energy wealth for much-need development, says iPAD DRC project director Soren du Preez.  The high-level iPAD* DRC annual investment conference and exhibition takes plaace in Kinshasa from this coming Monday until 27 October and continues in Lubumbashi on 29 October.

*iPAD = Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development

Mining and energy to boost DRC’s development
Leading mining personalities in the DRC and in the mining sector are heading up a distinguised list of cabinet ministers, experts and business leaders at tbe event which always enjoys a high level of government participation.
iPAD DRC project director Soren du Preez says as the DRC embraces 50 years of independence, it has identified its mineral and energy wealth to inject capital back into local communities and build the foundations for prosperity.  “Just recently the Ministry of Energy pledged to work ever more closely with the Ministry of Mines in order to support growth of industrial operations within the country”, says du Preez.

Power partnerships in energy and mining
Three DRC ministers representing the Energy and Mines portfolios are featured on Wednesday 25 October’s session:

ENERGY FOR THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OF MINING Moderator: Jon Marks, Editorial Director, African Energy, UK

An investigation of the power providers and partnerships for electrification, boosting generation capacities for the security of national and regional power supply and energy requirements of operational industry.

9:00 – 9:20 Special address from H.E. Gilbert Tshiongo Tshibinkubula Wa Tumba, Minister, Ministry of Energy, DRC

9:20 – 9:40
Special address from H. E. Célestin Mbuyu Kabango, Minister, Ministry of Hydrocarbons, DRC

9:40 – 10:00
Special address from H. E. Martin Kabwelulu Labilo, Minister, Ministry of Mines, DRC

10:00 – 10:30
Panel discussion  

  • Yengo Massampu, Managing Director, Societe Nationale de l’Electricite (SNEL), DRC
  • Flore Musendu Flungu, Senator, Senate, DRC
  • Samy Badibanga, President, Federation of Explorers and Extractors (FEE), DRC
  • Bruno Kapandji, Permanent Secretary, Central African Power Pool, Congo Republic

Event website:  www.drc.ipad-africa.com
Event dates and locations:  
25-27 October 2010, Grand Hotel, Kinshasa, DRC;
29 October 2010, Grand Karavia Hotel, Lubumbashi, DRC

For more information and accreditation:
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