THE ninth Namibian Mining Expo and Conference, which will be the first in-person event for the mining industry since the outbreak of Covid-19, will take place on 31 August and 1 September and will offer exhibitors new avenues to market products and to engage with the sector.
“The whole Chamber team is gearing up and preparing for what promises to be an exciting and successful Mining Expo and Conference at the Windhoek Showgrounds,” the Chamber of Mines Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Veston Malango said.
The conference is expected feature a variety of speakers from different industries who are excited to share innovative ways on breaking new frontiers in the post-pandemic era.
The Chamber said that these speakers will cover various topics, including the resurgence of Namibia’s uranium sector, the re-opening of historic mines, new frontiers of resilience, transitioning Namibia’s mining sector into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Green Hydrogen and the catalyst for establishing a sustainable and environmentally responsible phosphate-based industry.
Malango added that the Chamber will also introduce a dedicated Suppliers Platform and the Business 2 Business feature this year, which will enable exhibitors to arrange direct meetings with players in the mining sector.
According to Malango, this year’s event coincides with an improving outlook for the mining industry. He said that this is supported by a resilient mineral commodity market and a fast-paced operating environment, which is evolving with rapid technological advancements in the sector.
“The current landscape most certainly augurs well for a valuable event that will see business ventures catalyse from these dynamic opportunities. The outlook for mining remains as favourable as ever and we are eagerly following a sustained recovery in the price of uranium, and a continued surge in mineral commodity prices as the world transitions to green energy solutions,” he explained.
The Chamber highlighted that the mining sector is involved in exploring new frontiers such as using natural resources like gas or solar power to produce Green Hydrogen, which has applications in mining operations, for instance using hydrogen fuel cells to power haul trucks and ammonium nitrate being a product from ammonia, has a wide application as a major component for explosives.
“The Chamber is at the forefront of the discussion around a green hydrogen industry in Namibia and linkages with other sectors of the economy and chairs one of the Private Sector Green Hydrogen Working Groups,” Malango emphasized.
According to him, the mining sector’s success is a result of a collaborative approach between the government and the industry, adding that such collaborative partnerships demonstrate the industry’s commitment to operate safely to overcome this pandemic together.