The northern region of Botswana is blessed with vast mineral deposits, ranging from diamonds, copper, coal, and nickel, amongst others. Mining has created jobs, and money from taxes of mining conglomerates has been injected into the government’s coffers , greatly assisting in setting up infrastructure, building schools, hospitals and many other developments; mining has also allowed for Botswana to embark on the ‘road’ to industrialisation.
Currently in the mining sector, Botswana is experiencing some ‘turbulent’ times. However, all is not lost, as positive sentiments are emerging in the sector generating optimism that in the not too distant future a strong reawakening could occur.
The revival of world markets and cities in the Asian regions is pushing the huge demand of steel and other metals, and hence Botswana’s mineral sector is relishing the global ‘appetite’ for metals.
For strategic networking by mining and construction companies to maximise opportunities when the mining industry enters the positive economic cycle, the upcoming ‘Trade Up North’ Mining and Construction Expo at Francistown’s Adansonia hotel is a place to be.
The Expo will run from July 24th – 26th and it is intended to be an annual event. The Expo stands to play a quintessential role in helping Botswana link with a broad spectrum of countries and create a broad platform to help grow the sector.
The Expo is the ‘brainchild’ of Vuyiso Mojela. She is also the owner of SoapBox Communications (Pty) Ltd, and boosts of vast experience in hosting mining exhibitions. “The ‘Trade Up North’ Expo wishes to present the latest technologies and equipment as well as services, machinery, and mining industries in exploration, excavation and furthermore introducing investment opportunities in Botswana for mining companies,” she said.
Companies that had been sub-contracted to operate in the recently closed Tati Nickel Mine, and other mines in the vicinity, will be able to use this Expo as a platform to network with other key players in the mining sector, and possibly establish contacts that may allow for their engagement in other still up and running mines in the region.
“This Expo shall also bring companies closer to customers and also provide an opportunity for contractors and buyers to meet stakeholders in a pleasant setting,” Mojela said.
For some of the recently retrenched engineers, this exhibition is a perfect platform for those with disciplines or expertise in the mining arena to present their credentials, as some key players and pivotal stakeholders shall be in attendance.
The ‘Trade Up North’ Expo is positioned to be the largest platform in the north providing a chance for people working in these industries to meet up and make new contacts, technology transfers and business linkages for identifying potential investors to boost collaboration and international trade in minerals development and the construction sector.
Main sponsors for the upcoming ‘Trade Up North’ Expo are Debswana, and Total Botswana. Other partners are Green Technology and Security, Ministry of Mineral Resources as well as Botswana Chamber of Mines.
“…these organisations found this initiative a good opportunity to engage stakeholders in the North of Botswana and Francistown in particular,” Mojela said.
Positions for the stall are still available and those interested in exhibiting their business should visit the ‘Trade Up North’ website at www.tradeupnorth.co.bw