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Mining Economies of West & Central Africa Gather in Accra this May to Showcase Resilience & Strength

By Magenta Global Pte Ltd
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ACCRA, Ghana, May 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The largest mining event in the region, the 7th West & Central Africa (WaCA) Mining Summit & Expo (http://www.magenta-global.com.sg/wacamining2014) returns to Accra, providing the industry with the timely platform to showcase resilience, strength and unity after a turbulent year especially pockmarked by Ebola, falling mineral prices and declining global demand.

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Magenta Global (http://www.magenta-global.com.sg) will once again host this cornerstone industry event, supported by important industry stakeholders including the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources Ghana and the Ghana Minerals Commission.

Taking place on the 20th & 21st of May 2015, the event is expected to draw a huge turnout. Key highlights include presentations from industry leaders such as Johan Ferreira, Head of Africa and Regional SVP for Newmont Mining Corporation, and Alfred Baku, Executive Vice President and Head of West Africa for Gold Fields.

Also known as WaCA Mining, the regional summit will feature industry stakeholders from over 30 countries, including Congo, Senegal, Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia and Cameroon. High level government officials from Benin, Senegal, Congo and Mauritania will also take advantage of this event to showcase their countries' mining potential though official high level presentations.

According to Magenta Global CEO, Maggie Tan, despite West and Central Africa boasting some of the world's largest high-grade bauxite and iron-ore reserves, these are mostly untapped, owing to political risks, infrastructure deficiencies, inadequate transport networks and fiscal and regulatory bottlenecks. "These are some of the issues into which the Summit will delve," she notes, adding that the Summit is a good platform to take the industry forward, as industry leaders, government officials and many other mining stakeholders will be in attendance.

Ms Tan adds: "The mining industry is facing one of the most challenging business environments with declining commodity prices, rising costs and increased complexity in mining operations. Achieving operational sustainable performance will be key to the continued survival of mining operations."

Mr Alfred Baku of Gold Fields adds “Resilience is what every mining operation needs, especially considering the current operating environment. I look forward to sharing our resilient turnaround strategy that enabled us to turn our Damang Mine, which was at the brink of closure, to a profit making mining operation”.

Participants at the Summit can participate in roundtable discussions on critical sub-themes including: the Policy & Regulators Roundtable, on overcoming infrastructural bottlenecks and policy transparency, to be moderated by Sulemanu Kone, CEO of the Chamber of Mines of Ghana; the Mining Industry Leaders Roundtable on achieving resilience in mining operations with a focus on cost management, talent management and community engagement, to be moderated by Daniel Owiredu, COO & EVP of Golden Star Resources; and the Mining Investors Roundtable on assessing credible and alternative financing options for mining projects in the region.

There will also be 22 presentations that cover policy, strategic, commercial and operational issues.

The first day of the Summit will be chaired by Ghana Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources Adviser Benjamin Aryee, while the second day will be chaired by Golden Star Resources COO & EVP, Daniel Owiredu.

Ibrahima Lamine Wane, former Mauritania Minister of Energy & Petroleum and currently Managing Director of Wafa Mining & Petroleum Mauritania, said: "I certainly support the positive sentiment of the main theme in this Summit, which is displaying resilience in light of recent challenging times, therefore I am proud to share with the delegates my experience and some insights regarding the mining sector in Mauritania."

Alioune Sarr, Director of Projects & Facilities, Ministry of Energy & Mines, Senegal, adds: “I am excited to come to Accra to showcase the rise of Senegal as a mining powerhouse. We have outlined six key projects with mining potential and will share best practices on how to have successful mining operations in Senegal to everyone."

Exhibitors from Belgium, Canada, Poland, Czech Republic, South Africa, India, Germany, Nigeria, Liberia, Canada, France, UK, Australia, Russia, Ghana etc, will be showcasing solutions, technology, products and services covering all crucial aspects of mining operations and productivity. Visitors to WaCA Mining Expo 2015 will get to meet and do business with these companies who are all bullish about West & Central Africa and ready to invest in the region. The Expo will also see the strong representation of South African companies under the umbrella of Trade Investment KwaZulu Natel (TIKZN), this being its second year exhibiting at this mining show.

Other foreign companies taking a close look at the opportunities in West & Central Africa include Beak Consultants of Germany, Nitroerg of Poland, Austin Powder International from Czech Republic, and Defawes Gears from Belgium.

Visitors to the Expo will experience the wide range of technology and services on display as well as the opportunity to learn more from a host of free seminars that have been scheduled, including a free workshop by environmental project management company Veolia for mine engineers under the theme Optimising Operations for Environmental Sustainability.

Sponsors at the 7th WaCA Mining Summit & Expo include 888 Investment Group, Veolia, Newco Ghana & Gold Fields.

The 7th WaCA Mining 2015 will be held at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Magenta Global Pte Ltd.

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About Magenta Global – Owner & Organizer

Magenta Global Pte Ltd (http://www.magenta-global.com.sg) is a premier independent business media company that provides pragmatic and relevant information to government and business executives and professionals worldwide. The organization provides the opportunity to share thought-provoking insights, exchange ideas on the latest industry trends and technological developments with thought leaders and business peers. With a strong focus in emerging economies especially in Africa, Middle East and Central Asia, Magenta Global works in partnership with both the public and private sectors. www.magenta-global.com.sg.

About the Ghana Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources – Supporting Organization

Ghana's Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources (MLNR) is the sector Ministry entrusted with the sustainable management and utilization of Ghana's lands, forests, wildlife and mineral resources for socio-economic growth and development. This is achieved through the efficient formulation, implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs of sector agencies; efficient and equitable land delivery; promotion of sustainable forest, wildlife and mineral resource management and utilization; promotion of effective inter-agency and cross-sectoral linkages; creation of an enabling environment for effective private sector participation; and promotion of effective community participation in multiple use of land, forest wildlife and mineral resources.

About the Ghana Minerals Commission – Supporting Organization

Ghana's Minerals Commission is a government agency established under Article 269 of the 1992 Constitution and the Minerals Commission Act. The Minerals Commission as the main promotional and regulatory body for the minerals sector in Ghana, is responsible for "the regulation and management of the utilization of the mineral resources of Ghana and the coordination and implementation of policies relating to mining. It also ensures compliance with Ghana's Mining and Mineral Laws and Regulation through effective monitoring.