The annual Resource Sector Conference will return later this year, the 2015 edition is scheduled to take place mid-year in June. The conference will run for two days, beginning on the 9th and ending on the 10th.
The conference, which will be in its 13th year, has over the years brought resource players from Botswana under one roof to discuss matters pertaining to resources particularly minerals. The conference has been used as a platform to allow investors and service and equipment providers to identify opportunities in the sector.
The event, organised by CAP Resources with support from Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) and Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR), aims to offer anyone with interest in any commodity explored in Botswana a networking forum to engage with other industry players.
Leutlwetse Tumelo of CAP Resources, which are the organisers of the event, told Patriot Business this week that this year’s conference will focus on projects that are running in Botswana. In addition, he said there will be a focused panel discussion on the ‘Future of Botswana’s Resource Sector’.
“Panellists include representatives from MMWER, Shumba Coal, Debswana, Econsult and Botswana Chamber of Mines,” Tumelo said.
In the same vein, the resource sector conference has been used as a platform to discuss the importance and potential of other minerals other diamonds with a view of promoting mineral diversification in the country, particularly copper and coal minerals.
Tumelo explained that the reason behind the setting up of such conference was to raise the profile of companies doing work in Botswana while promoting the country as a mining destination with a view to attracting inward investors.
“We continue to see a strong international interest from delegates who wish to attend the conference,” he said, adding that this year they are expecting over 300 delegates to grace the conference.
Regarding discussions on other minerals and their potential, Tumelo said many of the coal companies will make presentations.
“A key part of the conference will be a panel discussion that will discuss the outlook for Botswana’s resource sector and the constraints that it faces to reaching its goals,” Tumelo said.
With a number of mines and mineral processing companies having closed shop since the beginning of this year alone, Tumelo has acknowledged challenges faced by the local resource sector.
“The challenges faced by Botswana’s resource sector have to be viewed in the context of the global events. Commodity prices globally continue to remain weak and as a result the exploration and mining projects are faced with challenging conditions in order to remain afloat,” he explained.
Last year the conference was graced by over 175 companies and, according to Tumelo, this year that number appears to increase as they continue to receive bookings daily with over a month to go before the conference takes place.