By Victoria Saffa
Over fifty-eight international mining companies have expressed interest to take part in the maiden mining and petroleum exhibition conference that will commence on 7th May this year at the Bintumani Conference Centre. The two day conference is themed: ‘Sierra Leone’s Mining and Petroleum Industry: the catalyst for moving forward the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’.
This was made known by the Project Manager of AME Trade Limited, Joseph Ashade, in a press briefing held at the conference hall of the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources yesterday.
Ashade informed pressmen that the inaugural Sierra Leone International Mining and Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (SIMEC 2014) would be held under the high patronage of President Ernest Bai Koroma. He said the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources and the National Minerals Agency, in association with the AME Trade Limited and in collaboration with the Petroleum Directorate, will play host.
‘’SIMEC 2014 offers both domestic and international institutions involved in Sierra Leone’s mining and petroleum sectors an unparalleled opportunity to meet key decision makers and share experiences with a range of stakeholders. The event will also feature plenary sessions and roundtable discussions, a co-located trade exhibition and the opportunity to participate in a technical visit to mining sites,” he said.
Ashade explained that the conference aims to showcase all that Sierra Leone has to offer in term of mining and petroleum potential, as well as presenting opportunities for investors to develop key infrastructure such as transportation links and power provision.
He further said that after a decade of peace and stability, the government of Sierra Leone has designed a socio-economic initiative, the ‘Agenda for Prosperity, 2013-2018’, to transform Sierra Leone into a middle income country by 2035.
“SIMEC 2014 will furnish participants with an insight from senior government representatives into the long-term vision for the extractive industries and their role in implementing the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ and also recent exploration projects and mineral discoveries indicate the potential of Sierra Leone to significantly further its contribution to meet the global demand for natural resources,” he noted.