Agenda - Wednesday 14th June 2017

Time Activity
09.00 – 10.00

Powering Africa

Spotlight on crucial benefits of increased private sector participation in the 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, including – registration, licenses, host community relations and management, minerals, taxes, funding (e.g. Joint ventures, PPP). The session will also review challenges faced by public and private sector entities in West Africa in attracting financing for mining projects and programmes. It will discuss investment / financing options available, strategies and requirements to unlock such investments. It will discuss ideas and solutions to bridge the gaps in knowledge, capacity and infrastructure between pure financing institutions and mining operators, to gaps in structuring mining finance.

Lead Presenter

Chris De Vies, Managing Director, Vernmyn Deloitte


Mr. Andrew Alli, CEO, Africa Finance Corporation

Dr. Toni Aubynn, CEO, Ghana Minerals Commission

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

Mr. Demola Gbadegesin, Managing Director, Promethean Resources; Board Member, Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF); Member, Mining Implementation Strategy Team (MIST)

Engr. Mohammed Amate , Director General, Mining Cadastre Office, Nigeria


Mr. Ebrima Faal, Director, Nigeria Country Office, African Development Bank Group

10.15 – 11.15

Artisanal Mining:

Past, Present & Future

This 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 experiences and success stories within the West Africa sub-region and other climes.

Lead Presenter

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


Alhaji Sani Shehu, President, Miners Association of Nigeria

Hajia Fatima Umar Shinkafi, Executive Secretary, Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF)

Hon. Engr. (Mrs.) J.F. Adeyemi, President/Founder, Women in Mining 

Mr. Patrick Ojeka, Director, Artisanal and Small Scale Mining, FMMSD/ Ag. Registrar COMEG


Mr. Francis Anatogu, Deloitte

11.30 – 12.30

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 Presenter

Prof. Olugbenga Okunlola, President of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) / Chairman, Roadmap Mining Implementation and Strategy Team, FMMSD


Engr. Alex Nwegbu, President, Organisation of African Geological Surveys/Director General, NGSA

Mr Anthony Benham, Chief Operations Officer IGS (International Geoscience Services) Ltd. Geoscience Innovation Hub, British Geological Survey Environmental Science Centre

Director General, Geological Survey of Senegal

Director General, Geological Survey of Burkina Faso


Mr. Tim Tokun, Director, VPMR

13.30 – 14.30

Mining for National Development:

Minerals Beneficiation and Value Chain Optimisation for Job Creation 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 Presenter

Abiel Mngomezulu, CEO/President, MINTEK, South Africa


Mrs. Yinka Mubarak, Head, Solid Minerals Desk, Bank of Industry / Board Member, Nigerian Solid Minerals Development Board

Mr. Goni Sheikh, Consultant, Royal Salt Limited

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

Lotanna Amina Egwuatu, Creative Director, MINA Stones

Representative, Dangote Industries


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

14.45 – 15.45

The role of Mining in meeting the SDG goals:

Transparency, Sustainability and Shared Prosperity in Mining

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 Presenter

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


Mrs. Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, Special Adviser to the President on SDGs

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

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

Ms. Bekeme Masade, CSR-in-Action

Dr. Tunji Asaolu, The Nigeria Representative/Chairperson, Social Affairs & Health cluster committee of the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC).            


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

16.00 – 17.00

Wrap-up Session


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

Mr. John Adeleke, Chairman, Afrocet Montgomery


Mr. Andrew Lane, Africa Energy and Resources Leader, Deloitte

17.00 – 17.10

Closing Remarks / Vote of Thanks

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