The future of the mining industry in Zambia will be in the spotlight this week at the 5th Zambia International Mining and Energy Conference (ZIMEC) which opens in Lusaka from June 18-19
The two-day high level strategic event will attract 250 participants and 50 exhibitors from 12 countries.
Event organiser Kingsley Kaswende said the annual conferences had been successful in that they have managed to unite influential stakeholders in the mining and energy sectors.
Mr Kaswende said in the coming event key stakeholders would also highlight important investment opportunities and encourage a collaborative approach to addressing current and foreseeable challenges related to power supply, finance and infrastructure development among other things.
He said the event would create an optimal platform for all stakeholders in the country’s mining and energy sector to gather under one roof to review current trends, challenges and address future prospects.
The conference would be held under the theme, “Zambia’s Mining and Energy Economy – next 50 years”.
Mr Kaswende said discussion with Zambia’s mining industry leaders covering progress and results from the past years, along with future strategies and key concerns would be one of the key topics which will also discuss industrialisation and manufacturing in Zambia.
He said a series of representatives would discuss various issues in the mining industry and energy for the benefit of the local people.
Mr Kaswende said industrialisation and manufacturing in Zambia would be one of the leading topics to seek strategy through encouraging growth of the domestic manufacturing industry to compete with international suppliers.
The conference will also look at the private sector’s contribution to economic transformation through effective linkages.
Among the key speakers would be Zambia Chambers of Mines president Jackson Sikamo, Small-scale Miners Association, Zambia Development Agency and Mr Moiše Katumbi the Katanga Province governor in DRC, among others.