Thursday, September 12, 2013

(TALKZIMBABWE) Mining Indaba to focus on regional cooperation
This article was written by Professor Tshuma on 24 August, at 23 : 41 PM

ORGANISERS of the Mining and Infrastructure Indaba said this year’s edition of the conference will focus on ways to improve cooperation in the fields of mining, infrastructure development, human resources and financial services in a move meant to enhance Africa’s simultaneous economic growth.

Event organizers, Utho Capital Investments said preparations to the 5th edition of the Mining Indaba were at an advanced stage with most of the logistical arrangements already in place.

Utho has also confirmed the dates for this year’s edition of the Indaba to be held at the Harare International Conference Centre which are from the 25th to the 27th of September.

The Indaba, themed “Redefining Africa: Harnessing Our Resources Collectively” is expected to be a fifth consecutive event which is used as a platform to market and discuss mining and infrastructure related investments and developments in the continent and even abroad.

Conference Manager, Matildah Zungunde who is Utho Capital marketing executive said the 2013 theme was crafted after the realisation that there was need for African countries to work together to exploit resources which endow the continent.

“The theme is about African countries working together collectively to harness mining, financial, and human resources to ensure sustainability and prosperity on the continent, thereby beginning the process of re-defining itself to a continent of abundance and wealth,” said Zungunde.

She said Africa can only re-define itself in a collective, Ubuntu manner.

Zungunde said the conference was about the Africans coming together to discuss the key areas in different economic sectors ranging from mining, infrastructure, human resource.

She further said that the Indaba will discuss measures to be taken collectively in an effort to move development and economies into the future.

“The conference is about Africa coming together to discuss the fundamental areas of mining, infrastructure development, financing and human resources and what needs to be done collectively in order to move development and economies into the future,” she noted.

She also said that without this continuous dialogue among African countries, each country will operate in a silo and Africa will not be able to attract the requisite funding required to implement major infrastructure projects that benefit regions, nor negotiate mining deals in a position of strength.

The Zimbabwe Mining Indaba is now a permanent fixture and international event for Zimbabwe.

The Indaba has become a household name in Zimbabwe and is widely regarded as one of the most high profile conferences in the country with an attendance averaging 700 delegates every year.

Several delegates are expected to present papers on different topics with the key note address expected to be made by the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Other speakers expected are Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) representative, Minister of Indigenisation, Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Chamber of Mines President Alex Mhembere, Retired Air Commodore Mike Karakadzai of the NRZ and World Bank representative among others.

Meanwhile, a field visit to Freda Rebecca Mine is expected on the last day of the Indaba.

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