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 the upcoming annual iPAD DRC investment conference and exhibition in Kinshasa from 25-27 October and in Lubumbashi on 29 October.  Already in its sixth year, the iPAD DRC conference and exhibition will once again focus on the mining industry and the industrial development in the country.
 
Headlining speakers include:

  • H. E. Martin Kabwelulu Labilo, Minister, Ministry of Mines
  • Simon Tuma-Waku, Vice President, National Commission of Mines, Federation of Congolese Enterprises, DRC
  • Jean-Felix Mupande, Director, Cadastre Minier, DRC
  • Margaret R. Kabamba, Communications Manager, Tenke Fungurume Mining, DRC
  • Robert LaValliere, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Anvil Mining, Canada
  • Kay Nimmo, Manager of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, ITRI Ltd., UK

Mining to boost DRC’s development
iPAD DRC’s project director Soren du Preez says as the DRC embraces 50 years of independence, it has identified its mineral and energy wealth as the way forward 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.

iPAD heads up Katanga Briefings
An extra conference day has been planned to take place in Katanga on 29 October.  According to Soren du Preez, “ the DRC province of Katanga is probably the most mineral rich province in the DRC and represents the economic heart of the nation.”  She continues:  “due to the decentralised nature of government in the DRC, iPAD goes to Katanga this year in hopes of reaching out to not only national government but provincial government as well.  In fact, iPAD offers a strategic opportunity to bring Katanga to Kinshasa and vice versa.  Gilbert Kishiba, Legal Counsellor to the provincial Ministry of Mines in Katanga will speak at iPAD DRC in Kinshasa and H.E. Gilbert Tshiongo Tshibinkubula Wa Tumba, Minister of Energy in Kinshasa, will join iPAD in Katanga to address local participants in Lubumbashi.”

Some of Central Africa’s leading mining houses will be at iPAD DRC this year, including:
Tenke Fungurume Mining, Groupe Forrest, Anvil Mining, Kibali Gold, Vale, Ashanti Goldfield and Micromine.

High-level government support
The conference has always enjoyed a high-level government support and participation and this year is no exception with, so far, the ministers of Mines, Hydrocarbons and Planning, the vice-prime minister of Reconstruction in charge of post, telephones, and telecommunications and the Central Bank governor, among others, attending. 

More high-level cabinet ministers and senior representatives prospective investors will meet at iPAD DRC include:

  • H.E. General Denis Kalume Honorary Secretary of State, Actual Commissioner of the 50th Anniversary Committee, DRC
  • H.E. Celestin Mbuyu Kabango, Minister of Hydrocarbons, DRC
  • H.E. Wu Zexian, Chinese Ambassador, DRC
  • H.E. Simon Bulupiy Galati, Vice Prime Minister in charge of Reconstruction: Ministry of Post, Telephones, and Telecommunications, DRC*
  • H.E. Olivier Kamitatu Etsu, Minister of Planning, DRC*
  • H.E. Laure-Marie Kawanda Kayena, Minister of Transport and Communication Channels, DRC*
  • Mazunga Kimbembe, Counsellor in charge of Infrastructure, Presidency, DRC
  • H.E. Célestin Mbuyu Kabango, Minister of Hydrocarbons, DRC
  • Moise Katumbi, Governor of Katanga Province, DRC*
    H.E. Laurent Kahozi, Katanga Minister of Infrastructure, DRC
  • Mr. Jean-Claude Masangu Mulongo, Governor, Central Bank of Congo, DRC
  • H.E. Juvenal Kitungwa, Katanga Minister of Mines, DRC

*invited

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, interviews and accreditation:
Communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
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Fax.  +27 21 700 3501      
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