Kenya’s leading mining houses and experts at Kenya Mining Forum in Nairobi in November

“I would like to see a more vibrant gold sector”

Kenya’s leading mining houses and industry bodies, including Base Titanium, Acacia Mining, Karebe Gold Mining and the Kenya Chamber of Mines, will be represented at the highest level at the upcoming Kenya Mining Forum in Nairobi from 12-13 November. The conference will focus on mining investment opportunities in Kenya’s counties, case studies from successful mining projects, an update on the gemstone, artisanal and small-scale sector as well as financing and regulatory challenges.

Here are some of the leading mining experts who will be at Kenya Mining Forum:

  • Simon Wall, Acting General Manager – External Affairs, Base Titanium in Kenya, is part of a panel discussion on: “Experiences from within Kenya’s mining industry”:

Simon Wall: “Base’s key message is to show the world what is possible to achieve in Kenya. By showcasing the successful development and operation of the Kwale Mine and the
strong cooperation and commitment received from the Government of Kenya, we hope to be viewed as a catalyst for further investment in the country’s mining sector.”

“Another key message is to demonstrate to potential investors the efforts being undertaken by the government to facilitate growth of the mining sector. Central to this is the Mining
Act 2016, but other initiatives are equally important; for example the plan to conduct the aerial geophysical survey, the huge investments being made in infrastructure and the drive
to lower the cost of energy through increased production and improved delivery.”

  • Other panellists joining Base Titanium in this discussion include Johannes Henckel, Head of Discovery, Acacia Mining in South Africa as well as Charlie Tryon, Director and Chariman of Karebe Gold Mining Ltd, Kenya’s largest gold producer:

Charlie Tyron: “We have developed an underground narrow vein mining operation that employs 330 people and has contributed 2bn shillings in local contributions to the economy
during the life of the mine. We are looking to scale the mine up further and increase our exploration activities.”

“I would like to see a more vibrant gold sector modelled on the Zimbabwean gold mining industry of old. This will take a generation to develop but could result in a 10-20 ton of gold
production in the near term.”

  • Antony Zagoritis, Chief Executive Officer of Lapigems in Kenya is part of a panel discussion in the session on “Upgrading Kenya’s ASM sectors human capital, while glazing the upgrades of Kenyan gemstones”:

Antony Zagoritis: “We are at a crossroads. Kenya has the potential to bestow upon itself the mantle of the Gem Hub of Africa. No African country has yet done this. If we fail to
grasp the opportunity now, others will and we will lose out.”

“My vision for the industry is a gem hub for Africa. A forward thinking government putting in place a regulatory framework that focuses on how to create a thriving value addition
industry in the country. Investing in skills training which is sorely lacking right now. There are no courses for gem cutters, gemologists, or goldsmiths in Kenya. Even if we wanted to
build such a hub, there would be nobody able to fill the skills gap or to provide the workforce required to drive this growth. Overregulation needs to be tempered so as not to
overburden players.”

  • Dr Cedric Simonet, a mineral exploration and development consultant with Akili Minerals Services and chairman of the Kenya Chamber of Mines, the official host of the upcoming Kenya Mining Forum, is part of a panel discussion during the “Spotlight on the counties” session, in particular on “Where are the prominent mineral deposits located that can attract investment.”

Dr Cedric Simonet: “I believe there is a strong case for modernizing the gemstone mining industry, partnering with local miners, to create sustainable production streams which can
really put Kenya on the map as a reliable source of tsavorite, ruby, and other gems.”

“There are two main challenges to both local and international investment in the mining sector in Kenya. The first challenge is the Mining Act which despite being presented as investor
friendly actually has critical flaws which are currently hindering further growth of the sector. KCM is engaging with the Government on these issues. The second challenge is political
interference.”

His message at Kenya Mining Forum will be: “counties that will be able to attract and benefit from mineral investment are not those who have the most attractive resources in the
ground, but those who will be able to put in place, hand in hand with the National Government, the most attractive investment environment.”

These and other expert interviews can be read in full here: http://www.kenyaminingforum.com/interviews

The Kenya Mining Forum exhibition is expected to be double the size of last year with more than 40 suppliers showcasing the latest local and international solutions and services for mining operations. Mining staff can hone their practical skills at the free technical workshops on the expo floor and there is a new outdoors equipment display area where some of the larger technology can be test driven.

Base Titanium is the returning exclusive diamond sponsors of the event.

Mining and infrastructure events
Kenya Mining Forum is organised by Spintelligent Ltd, a Cape Town based company recognised internationally for organising world class mining, infrastructure development, energy and agri events around the continent, including long-running flagship shows such as DRC Mining Week in Lubumbashi, Nigeria Mining Week in Abuja, Future Energy East Africa (formerly EAPIC) in Nairobi, Future Energy Nigeria (formerly WAPIC) in Lagos, African Utility Week in Cape Town and Agritech Expo Zambia. Spintelligent is part of UK-based Clarion Events.

Kenya Mining Forum dates and location:
Conference and expo: 12-13 November 2018
Venue: Safari Park Hotel & Casino, Nairobi, Kenya

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