Agenda - Wednesday 14th June 2017

Time Activity
09.00 – 10.00

Powering Africa

The Challenges and prospects of Energy Minerals powering a new age of rapid Industrialisation in West Africa.

This session will focus on energy minerals and how they can be leveraged for infrastructural development. Highlight various energy minerals in West Africa and Nigeria and their vast industrial uses. Project yearly spend to bridge Nigeria’s power infrastructural gap over the next 10 years. What is the strategy for implementation? How do energy minerals play into the infrastructural development goal: Coal-to- power strategy, bitumen and steel for construction and lithium for power cells? Issues and challenges with obtaining these minerals.

Lead Panellists

H.R Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing


H.E. Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Ministry of Transport

Dr. Innocent Ezuma, Executive Chairman, Eta-Zuma Group

Prof. Sam Coker, Nigeria

Mr. Patrick de Simon, France



10.00 – 11.00

Artisanal Mining:

Past, Present & Future

Session will explore the commonalities in artisanal mining across countries in West Africa and beyond, the potential risks and opportunities inherent in harnessing and integrating artisanal mining into the formal economy and contemporary approaches to developing artisanal mining including regulations, licenses, policies, funding, skill and infrastructural development, product pricing and standardization, among others. It will also explore experience and success storied within the West Africa sub-region and other climes.

Lead Panellists

Mr. Jean B. Bakole, Representative and Director in Nigeria United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)


Alhaji Sani Shehu, President, Miners Association of Nigeria

Mr. Hadley Natus, Director, MRI Trading

Mr. Carmie Olowoyo, General Manager – Corporate Symbol Base Metals

Mr. Demola Gbadegesin, Managing Director, Promethean Resources


11.00 – 12.00

Improving Private Sector Participation in Mining:

Addressing Challenges to Doing Business in West African Countries

Spotlight on crucial benefits of increased private sector participation in mining sector While highlighting major concerns of private investors. Compare contribution of the private sector to mining in West Africa over the last 10 years and discuss What developing countries with high private sector participation, are doing differently. Also discuss how west African governments can ease concerns of private investors and increase participation including specific measures, requirements, and structures, to improve private participation – registration, licenses, host community relations and management, minerals, taxes, funding (e.g. Joint ventures, PPP).

Lead Panellists

Chris De Vies, Deloitte Africa


Dr. Toni Aubynn, CEO, Ghana Minerals Commission

Ms. Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary/CEO Nigerian Investment Promotion Council

Engr. Mohammed Amate, Director General, Mining Cadastral Office, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development


Mr Robert Grant, Senior Vice President, Project & Structured Finance, FCMB Capital Markets Ltd.

14.00 – 15.00

Geological Data Generation and Mineral Prospectivity:

Challenges and Prospects for Cooperation and Optimisation in Data Generation and Management amongst West African countries

Mining is capital intensive and success depends hugely on the quality and breadth of data available and data availability remains a major constraint to the development of the mining sector in West Africa. Session will explore challenges and constraints to acquiring and managing exploration data to unlock mining exploration. It will review pros and cons of approaches adopted by other resource rich countries to overcome the data challenge. It will also Identify potential collaborative efforts in data generation and analysis across the bloc to optimize discovery and exploration and recommend ideas, models and partnerships to be pursued by west African countries to overcome the data challenge.

Lead Panellists

Prof. Ibrahim Garba, Professor of Geology / Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University


Engr. Alex Nwegbu, President, Organisation of African Geological Surveys/ Director General, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency

Name of Official, Chairman, Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists COMEG

Mr. Tim Tokun, Director, VPMR

Name of Official, Director General, Burkina Faso Geological Survey Agency

Name of Official, Director General, Guinea Geological Survey Agency

Name of Official, Director General, Mali Geological Survey Agency


Andrew de Klerk, Senior Manager, Venmyn Deloitte

15.00 – 16.00

Mining for National Development:

Minerals Beneficiation and Value Chain Optimisation for Industrialisation and Economic Growth

Session will review the potential growth in the economies of West African countries inherent in increased local beneficiation mineral ores prior to export. It will also identify missing and/or underdeveloped elements critical to unlocking local beneficiation activities in West Africa as well as identify drivers of change, areas of transition, and future of mining and plan actions to accomplish optimisation. It will also discuss how to ensure sustainability of mining in an ever changing global economy: demand, competitive costing, technological advancements and climate change.

Lead Panellists

Abiel Mngomezulu, CEO/ President, MINTEK, South Africa


Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and InvestmentM

Prince Adetokunboh Kayode, Chairman, Gemstones Miners and Marketers Association of Nigeria

Mr. Waheed Olagunju, Managing Director, Bank of Industry


Mr. Pade Davies, Director of Planning, Research, and Strategy, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development

16.00 – 17.00

Transparency and Sustainability in Mining:

The role of Mining in meeting the SDG goals

The Africa mining vision and the associated action plan recognize prudent management of mineral resources including a shift from export of ores to localization of beneficiation activities as an essential requirement for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The session will explore the nexus between the mining sector and SDGs and review progress of the West African Countries against the nine programme cluster units defined in the Africa mission vision action plan.

Lead Panellists

Mr. Edward Kallon, United Nations Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Nigeria


Mrs. Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, Special Adviser to the President on Sustainable Development Goals

Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud, World Bank, Country Director

Mr. Waziri Adio, Executive Secretary/CEO Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI)

Dr. Otive Igbuzor, Executive Director African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development


Ms. Abi Baiyewu-Teru, Country Director, Global Rights

17.00 – 17.10

Closing Remarks / Vote of Thanks

Mr Mohammed Abass
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Mines and Steel Development
Federal Republic of Nigeria