The 4th annual Infrastructure Partnerships for African Development Conference and Exhibition (Central Africa) takes place from 7 – 9 October 2008 in Kinshasa, DRC. Typically attracting over 400 local and international participants, the event aims to facilitate sound investment in and collaboration on the reconstruction of the DRC. Delegates will get the opportunity to engage closely with contacts for business and investment in the DRC – including government and extractive industries executives, both public and private – and receive accurate, in-depth, up-to-date information about the opportunities of doing business in the DRC.

This year iPAD (Central Africa) will feature a pre-conference mining sector round table. This full-day interactive forum, hosted by Mining Review Africa magazine and the Federation of Explorers and Extractors, will provide a unique environment of unparalleled access to mining industry decision-makers. S.E. Martin Kabwelulu, the Minister of Mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will open the round table sessions with discourse about new policies related to mining in the DRC.

Other topics to be discussed include:

  • The revision of mining contracts
  • The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
  • Decentralisation
  • Artisanal vs. industrial mining
  • Social and environmental issues
  • Investment and the fiscal issues affecting those operating in the sector.

The round table session offers supreme industry-related networking that any organisation active in the DRC’s mining sector, or wishing to enter this market, cannot afford to miss.  

The conference sessions at iPAD (Central Africa) will give a comprehensive exposition of the infrastructure and investment climate in the DRC and the region. His Excellency Oliver Kamitatu Etsu will give the keynote address and is to be followed by a series of high-level speakers, including:

  • Mr Mazunga Kimbembe, Presidential Advisor on Infrastructure, Presidency, DRC
  • Mr Wu Zexian, the Ambassador for the People’s Republic of China
  • Mr Jean-Felix Mupande, Director General, Mining Cadastre, DRC
  • Professor Mabi Mulumba, Senator and President of Ecofin Committee, Senate, DRC
  • HE Simon Mbatshi Mbatsha, Governor, Bas-Congo Province
  • Mr Christian Katende, Vice-President, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, DRC
  • Mr Yengo Massampu, Director General, SNEL, DRC

The conference will run alongside a two day exhibition that will showcase the latest products and technologies for mining and infrastructure development.

On Friday 10 October, a site visit, to the Inga Hydropower facility, hosted by SNEL, will conclude the event.

More information about the event can be found at www.ipad-africa.com/central

iPAD Central Africa is sponsored by Stanbic Bank Congo (platinum sponsor), Trust Merchant Bank (platinum sponsor), Anvil Mining (gold sponsor) De Beers (gold sponsor), Engen (gold sponsor), First Quantum Minerals (gold sponsor), The FORREST group (gold sponsor), Ingérop Africa (gold sponsor), Ruashi (gold sponsor), African Food and Beverage (silver sponsor), Rawbank (silver sponsor), and Tigo (silver sponsor).

For more details contact:
Malcolm Cumming
Spintelligent
Tel: +27 21 700 3500
Fax: +27 21 700 3501
Email:malcolm.cumming@spintelligent.com