4th Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference
Starts: Tuesday, 24 June, 2014 10:00am
Ends: Wednesday, 25 June, 2014 05:00pm
Zambia hosted once again a very successful international mining and energy conference, ZIMEC 2013. The 3rd Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference (ZIMEC), held on 19 and 20 June at the New Government Complex in Lusaka, consisted of two parallel conference streams, focusing on mining and energy issues, and an associated trade exhibition. The theme of the event was “Developing Zambia’s Mining and Energy Sectors Towards 2020”.
The event, organised jointly by AME Trade Ltd and the Association of Zambian Mineral Exploration Companies (AZMEC) in association with the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development, attracted over 400 delegates from 28 countries. Sponsors included mining heavyweights Mopani Copper Mines Ltd and First Quantum Minerals Ltd. The event was opened by Vice President Dr Guy Scott, who stressed the need to conduct the processing and sale of minerals within the country in order to enhance value addition. Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development Hon. Christopher Yaluma, MP also delivered a keynote speech at the opening of the conference.
The conference programme included over 50 speakers who presented on a range of topics, from plans to improve power generation and transmission, to progress and challenges associated with transport infrastructure development and updates on current mining projects. Presentations were followed by lively audience interaction. Key issues flagged in the mining stream included privatisation, tax justice and transparency, and Zambia’s oil and gas potential. Speakers in the power stream described initiatives to increase hydropower generation, along with enhanced regional interconnectivity. A major challenge identified within both streams was enabling the provision of affordable and reliable power; electricity currently comprises 15% of operational costs for mining companies.