All is set for the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe four -day annual mining conference to be held from the 30th of May to the 2nd of June 2023 in Victoria Falls.
The conference will bring together industry experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to discuss the latest developments and challenges in the mining sector.
Speaking at the press briefing in the capital yesterday, Chamber of Mines Chief Executive Isaac Kwesu said the conference will provide an opportunity for participants to share their insights and experiences in the mining industry at the conference running under the theme ‘Mining for Economic Transformation Creating Growth Enablers for Our Mining Industry’.
“As per tradition you are all aware every year we owe you the media fraternity an update on our upcoming prime events, the Annual General Meeting and Annual Mining Conference. This year these events will be held in Victoria Falls, Elephant Hills from the 30th of May to the 2nd of June.
“Our conference will run under the theme “Mining for Economic Transformation Creating Growth Enablers For Our Mining Industry.”
“The theme is motivated by our desire to create an enabling environment that will sustain growth and contribute to the broader economic objectives of the economy, that is, we need to realize the economic transformation that can emerge from the mining industry.
“We all aspire for our economy and mining must contribute to those aspirations as enshrined in the national vision 2030, he said.
Kwesu highlighted that this year there will be a lithium symposium on the sidelines of the main conference with President Mnangagwa expected to be the guest of honour for the main conference.
“The programme for the event incorporates; one the symposium which will run on the sidelines of our conference. We’ll also be having the mainstream conference which will cover broader aspects of the mining industry.
“On the second day which is the 31st of May, there will be a lithium symposium as you are all aware the recent topical issues and debates are more inclined towards lithium as an emerging mineral that is key in the battery value chain. So, our symposium will run under the theme ‘Unleashing the Growth Potential of The Battery Mineral Value Chain’.
“You know in Zimbabwe we are endowed with lithium resources and there has been a lot of debate on how best we can maximise the value, how best can we beneficiate our lithium.
” Lithium is one of the key components that is required in mineral battery production and we have an opportunity to discuss how Zimbabwe can position itself and benefit from its lithium resource endowment, maximise its contribution through manufacturing batteries where possible.
“Our guest of honour for this symposium will be none other than our Minister of Mines and Mining Development honorable Winston Chitando, there are also other guest speakers that have been invited to cross-pollinate ideas towards how best we can maximise our lithium resource in the battery mineral value chain., also learning from best practices and experiences from other countries,” he highlighted.
The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to share their insights and experiences in the mining industry. This year’s conference will focus on key issues such as sustainability, innovation, and the impact of digitalization on the mining sector.
It will also feature several keynote speakers including industry leaders and policymakers who will provide their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing the mining industry as well as international executives in the mining industry.
According to Kwesu, there will also be panel discussions and breakout sessions where participants can engage in more in-depth discussions on specific topics related to the mining industry.
The Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe is a leading industry association that represents mining companies in the country. The organization plays a key role in promoting sustainable mining practices and advocating for policies that support the growth and development of the industry.