The COVID-19 pandemic has left no country across the globe unscathed, including the Democratic Republic of Congo.

No matter the circumstance, the region remains a mining hot spot and must adapt and evolve to limit the impact the virus will have on the country and its most economic contributing sector – mining.

Listen to the recording of the discussion hosted by DRC Mining Week and Mining Review Africa which unpacked how the virus has affected the country, how mining companies have adapted to manage the impact and what lies in store for the industry in a post coronavirus world.

Key discussion points included:

  • Understanding how COVID-19 has impacted the DRC and its mining sector
  • How has the mining industry and key players adapted to cope with the virus?
  • What the short and long-term implications for the sector?
  • What commodities have been more resilient to COVID-19?
  • What can the DRC and its mining sector learn from in a post COVID-19 world?

Panel:

Boris Kamstra, Director, Pangea Exploration

Kamstra has a passion for Africa and the varied opportunities it holds. His ability to identify potential, unlock opportunity and celebrate talent diversity, adds significant value in the growing and competitive African business and mining environment. Kamstra, in his former role as CEO at Alphamin Resources, where he currently still fulfils the role of Executive Director, was instrumental in developing the highly-prospective Bisie tin mine in North Kivu, DRC.

Louison Kiyombo, Partner – Tax and Legal | KPMG DRC

Kiyombo joined KPMG DRC in 2008 and established the Tax department in the DRC and participated in its development in the sub-Saharan Francophone Africa sub-region. He is a member of the African Tax Council for KPMG. In this capacity, he has participated in numerous projects to develop tax practice in Africa. While establishing the tax practice at KPMG, Kiyombo has headed the Lubumbashi office since 2010 and coordinated the establishment of the Goma office for which he is responsible.

Amedeo Anniciello, Chief Executive Officer | Standard Bank DRC

Appointed CEO in 2017, Anniciello has over 30 years’ experience in corporate and investment banking and risk management – most notably as Head of Corporate Banking and Deputy Chief Executive for Citibank in several African markets. His previous roles at Citibank, and at Société Générale, Fidelity Bank, ABSA and Nedbank have covered countries as diverse as Algeria, Ghana, Gabon, South Africa and Zambia.

Louis Watum, Managing Director of DRC Operations | Ivanhoe Mines DRC

Appointed MD in December 2014 of the company’s operations in the DRC, Watum has lead responsibilities for Ivanhoe Mines’ mine development activities at the Kamoa-Kakula copper discovery and the Kipushi copper-lead-gemanium mine, both in the DRC. Prior to joining Ivanhoe Mines, Watum spent eight years assuming progressively senior responsibilities in the DRC’s mining sector.