New date for ConMin West Africa and National Mining Summit 2018 announced
International construction and mining industries to meet in Nigeria in September
Munich, 3 May 2018 – The international trade fair for construction machinery and mining, ConMin West Africa, in Abuja, Nigeria, and the co-located National Mining Summit will be postponed from May 2018 to 4-5 September 2018. At the trade fair exhibitors from across the globe will present their technical solutions and products, with the conference focusing on the future of the mining industry. High-ranking representatives from both the public and private sector from West-African countries are expected to attend the events. Due to the new date, companies still have the chance to register for the trade fair to showcase their product portfolio to the promising growth market that is Nigeria.
On request of the Nigerian Ministry for Mines and Steel Development, official partner of the events, the National Mining Summit has been postponed last-minute, which among other things is due to internal administrative restructuring. Since the conference is closely linked to the trade fair ConMin West Africa, it has been decided to postpone both events to September in order to guarantee high-quality trade fair contacts as well as the participation of high-ranking government officials from Nigeria and the neighboring countries. The new venue is the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.
The ConMin West Africa had a successful debut in 2017, with over 1,500 professional visitors and 44 international exhibitors. The trade fair was opened by the Vice-President of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and brought together competent ministers from nine African countries, who spoke about the challenges and opportunities related to the mining industry.
In 2018, the organizers IMAG GmbH and Afrocet Montgomery as well as the strategic partner Deloitte will again target the conference program at the pertinent issues facing the region ensuring that exhibitors meet the decision makers and operators they seek. The trade fair deals with all aspects related to construction machines, construction materials and mining. Exhibitors will present their new products to a specialist audience as part of a business forum. The agenda of the National Mining Summit includes various topics relevant to the mining industry in the region, using case studies from around the world.
Nigeria is one of the most promising markets globally and is currently the strongest economy in Africa as well as the largest producer of crude oil on the continent. The mining industry has gained in importance since the government announced its intention to diversify the economy. Over the next few years the country is planning to invest USD 7 bn in the production of natural gas and coal, while at the same time, the construction industry in Nigeria is also set to benefit from several large-scale construction projects. Two completely new cities are to be built not far from Abuja and Lagos and a large number of civil infrastructure projects are set to be expanded, along with a new oil refinery which should reduce the country's dependence on imported oil.
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