No fewer than 150 companies and operators would be participating in the National Mining Summit billed for the first quarter of next year, as part of plans by the ministry of Mines and Steel Development to scale up activities and drive investment in the sector.
The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bwari, disclosed this on Friday during a joint press briefing by the ministry and other international partners on the planned national mining summit.
The minister stated that the exhibition and Summit is a joint-venture between the ministry and Afrocet Montgomery, IMAG and Deloitte Consulting which is proposed to hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja from 25-27 April, 2017.
According to Mr. Bwari, the summit will be centred on the recently approved Mining Road Map and would be an international platform for the federal government to introduce to the international mining community a regime of robust mining legislation, pro-growth policies and supporting regulatory framework that will create a globally competitive platform for stakeholders in the nation’s mining and mineral processing sector.
He stated further that the summit will also attract key local, regional and international mining stakeholders ranging from federal government, state governments, international diplomats, policy makers, investment funds, financial institutions, consultants, mining operators and many others.
Mr. Bwari stated that the summit will attract over 150 companies who will exhibit their products/services through custom-built exhibition booths. He added that about 3,000 visitors are expected from West Africa Mining and Construction sectors.
He, however, said that the summit will be at no cost to the ministry, adding that the ministry would be providing high level support towards the success of the event.
Explaining further, he said the federal government intends to return Nigeria to the mining map and make the country a mining destination and not just a mining nation. He added that the present administration has the political will to improve the sector and Nigeria is ready and open for serious mining business.
In his remark, the Regional Director Afrocet Montgomery, George Pearson, said the summit and exhibition will showcase the potential of solid minerals sector in Nigeria to the global mining community.