The DRC’s electricity utility, Societe Nationale d’Electricite (SNEL), has announced its support of the annual international business-to-business investment meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo, iPAD DRC.  Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development (iPAD) DRC is the premier conference and exhibition bringing the government of the DRC, parastatal organizations, local business and international investors under one roof.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is renowned as a natural resources hub – richly endowed with minerals such as gold, diamonds, copper, cobalt, tantalum, tin, nickel and more.  Furthermore, abundant water resources have the potential to generate enough electricity to power the country, region and continent.  The DRC is leaving behind a legacy of political turmoil and moving into a new era for serious business.  While risk is not absent, the lucrative opportunities for investment and partnerships abound.  The government of the DRC are actively seeking investors and the legal and regulatory frameworks are in place to assure secure business dealings

From 3-4 October 2011, the synergies between energy and mining in the DRC are exploited when stakeholders meet at the Grand Hotel in Kinshasa.  From the 6-7 October 2011, the meeting moves to Lubumbashi for the Katanga Mining Briefing which aims to explore the infrastructure requirements to grow the mining industry and look at the role that mining operators and explorers play in developing the province socially and economically

Power infrastructure crucial
“Power infrastructure is an essential component to the renaissance of the DRC as an industrialised nation.  SNEL’s support of this event indicates the important synergy between the mining and power sectors,” says Nicole Smith, Conference Director for iPAD DRC.

She continues, “The programme is highly strategic, and the event as a whole recognises that when you do business in the DRC, it is just as important to have the right information as it is to know whom to deal with”

The high-level programme includes the following issues to be discussed: An overview of the energy sector in the DRC and partnership opportunities; electrification and energy security for an operational mining industry; partnerships with mining operators to find solutions to some of the supply/demand issues; power generation options for mining; an update on the smelter plans in the DRC

To attend this prestigious gathering, and interface with SNEL and other DRC utilities, government agencies, mining operators and explorers, visit  www.drc.ipad-africa.com and register today.