The DRC Mining Week Post Event Report

The DRC Mining Week Post Event Report

The DRC Mining Week launched a Digital Event covering topics such as the impact of COVID-19 on the DRC’s mining industry, Formalising artisinal mining in the DRC and Counting on copper: Renewable energy and EV boom drive demand from different speakers across the globe. During the discussion, the industry has indeed shown admirable resilience and maturity, with solidarity and collaboration between public and private sector to reduce the impact while maintaining production. The crisis also offers the promise of an increased regional economic integration and better traceability of the exports with a “Made in DRC” brand.

Established mining houses in the DRC agreed that the region and the sector were used to dealing with pandemics and
that a lot of the mines had managed to continue production despite lockdown restrictions, partially because of their, often
isolated, locations. While the DRC’s mineral riches and the quality of its minerals are undisputed, the country’s reputation
as a risky investment destination remains a sensitive topic with discussions inevitably turning to the new Mining Code of
2018.

The panellists discussed the interruption of the international supply chain due to the pandemic and its regulations,
affecting local and international suppliers, from South Africa to Germany. They brought into focus the importance of
exhibitions such as DRC Mining Week. While the DRC is still regarded as an attractive market for specialised mining
equipment and services, uncertainty prevails on when normal trading can resume.

You can download the document below to find out more about the key highlights of the event. For those that could not attend, I highly recommend accessing the recordings of the sessions, free on the website – you can find all links in this report.  https://www.drcminingweek.com/virtual-event-0