Accra, Ghana — MININGREVIEW.COM — 06 March 2012 – West African regional governments have embarked on a major development programme to expand mining infrastructure and increase output in the region.
Ghana newspaper “The Chronicle” reports that by launching this initiative the region’s infrastructure and power issues have in fact become opportunities at least as big as those of its mining sector.
Eight new mines have started production in West Africa in the last three years, with another 13 mining projects planned for the region. Ghana alone has nine major mines and 600 smaller mining operations, all looking for international partners to scale up production.
Playing a prominent role in facilitating these kinds of developments for the last 17 years, the biennial West African Mining and Power Exhibition (WAMPEX), and its associated conference WAMPOC, will attract international exhibitors, visitors and delegates to the International Conference Centre in the Ghanaian capital from 6 to 8 June 2012.
“The combined annual gold output of Ghana, Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Ivory Coast has increased by 65% in five years to roughly 6.7Moz,” says John Thomson, managing director of Exhibition Management Services, which is a co-organiser of the exhibition.
“These countries will produce 8.5Mozpa by 2013, but to do this they will need international partners,” he added.
According to Nana Antwi Darkwah, CEO of Events and Projects International , the lead organiser of the event, the 2012 exhibition and conference will see regular participants in the form of mining houses AngloGold Ashanti, Newmont, Goldfields and Golden Star Resources taking part.