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“Key message is to show what is possible to achieve in Kenya”

Being awarded official flagship status by Kenya’s Vision 2030 for the Kwale Mine is a proud achievement for Base Titanium says Joe Schwarz, the company’s general manager external affairs and development. He adds: ”this represents a significant milestone in the partnership between the Government of Kenya and Base in promoting further development of the sector.”

Base Titanium is once again the exclusive diamond sponsor of the Kenya Mining Forum that is returning to Nairobi from 4-5 December.

Currently Base is at the forefront of Kenya’s mining industry, with official statistics showing that in 2016 the Kwale Mine represented close to 60% of the country’s total mineral output value.

According to Joe Schwarz “there have been many stand out highlights since acquiring and developing the Kwale Mine – the rapid and successful development of Kenya’s first large-scale, modern mining project, plant commissioning and ramp up, a justifiably proud safety record, upskilling and developing our Kenyan workforce and our community development programmes. To this list we can now add environmental rehabilitation.”

Potential of mining in Kenya is clear
At the upcoming Kenya Mining Forum Mr Schwarz says “Base’s key message is to show the world what is possible to achieve in Kenya. Kenya’s mining industry is still in its infancy. However, recent initiatives spearheaded by Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu, including the enactment of new mining legislation and regulations point to a concerted effort by the Government of Kenya to promote the industry as a new growth sector.”

He adds: “the potential, however, for the mining sector to be a significant contributor to economic growth and development is clear. In an assessment by Ernst & Young on the economic impacts of Base’s Kwale Mine it was found that for every direct job created on the mine site a further four jobs were supported in the wider economy.”

To read the complete interview with Base Titanium’s Joe Schwarz, go to https://www.kenyaminingforum.com/BaseTitanium-interview

Varied and practical programme
This year Kenya Mining Forum is once again hosted by the Kenya Ministry of Mining, in collaboration with the Chamber of Mines.

A varied conference programme focuses on industry issues and challenges ranging from finance, legislation, women in mining, the gemstone sector to CSR. The expo showcases leading technology and services for the sector while a practical workshop programme offers free training and up skilling for mining professionals.

Mining and infrastructure events
The Kenya Mining Forum is organised by Spintelligent, a well-known trade conference and expo organiser on the African continent. The company has particular expertise and experience in mining and infrastructure development events; including the 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 and African Utility Week in Cape Town.

Kenya Mining Forum dates and location:
Conference and expo: 4-5 December 2017
Venue: Safari Park Hotel & Casino, Nairobi, Kenya

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