What you need to know about the ECOWAS Mining & Petroleum Forum & Exhibition

A preview of the upcoming mining and petroleum event, to be held in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire in October

The second ECOWAS Mining and Petroleum Forum & Exhibition (ECOMOF 2018) is taking place from 9 – 11 October 2018 in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.

The event is organised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, the Government of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and AME Trade Ltd. Held every two years, the event is taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Africa’s fastest growing economy, with a solid position in international markets and home to significant natural resources.

The theme for the three-day forum is ‘Strategies to Promote the Development of West Africa’s Mining and Petroleum Industries’.

The ECOWAS region is endowed with natural resources, notably gold, manganese, copper, bauxite, iron ore, zinc, nickel, phosphates, diamond, uranium, etc. There have been significant developments in the mining sector in West Africa driven by attractive national mining policies and a strong foreign private sector investment. Implementation of mutually beneficial fiscal regimes for both investors and mining countries have further led to West Africa becoming the new mining hub of the continent.

ECOMOF 2018 will bring together major players from the mining sector, top government delegations, C level executives, solution providers, investors and other key stakeholders to generate and discuss ideas in order to overcome challenges and find the optimal solutions to realise growth values in the extractive sector of the economies in West Africa and work towards a path of sustainable development through regional cooperation. Confirmed sponsors to date include industry leaders: Endeavour Mining (Silver Sponsor), IDC (Bronze Sponsor), Concrete Canvas (Associate Sponsor) and X&M (Associate Sponsor). 

Thierry Tanoh, Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy for Cote D'Ivoire, commented: "A platform that will allow the reflection on coherent strategies for the promotion and sustainable development of oil and mining resources in the ECOWAS region."

ECOMOF 2018 will cover pertinent issues such as mineral and petroleum potential and prospective investment opportunities, technological innovation, good governance, local content and diversification of  the mining industry for long term growth and development.

The event will feature the key public and private sector decision makers from the West African mining and petroleum industries. The programme will emphasise on the mineral and petroleum potential, local content, transparency, technological innovation and prospective investment insights. ECOMOF 2015 was a huge success attracting 1,040 attendees from 22 countries.

Key sessions to be covered at ECOMOF 2018: 

  • Collaborating to attract further foreign direct investment
  • Diversifying ECOWAS's mining industry 
  • Assessing the mining value chain 
  • Creating a regional infrastructure to support the mining operations 
  • The localisation of the extractive industries
  • Growing West Africa's Gold Operations 

Mining experts speaking at ECOMOF 2018: 

  • Sulemanu Koney, President, EFEDCOM
  • Jeff Quartermaine, CEO, Perseus Mining
  • David Parker, CEO, Nomad Energy 
  • Patrick Kouame, Investment Director,Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers
  • Isabell Ramdoo, Senior Associate Development Economist, IGF
  • Kadjo Kouamé, MD, SODEMI
  • Dervain, Executive Secretary, ARA
  • Christine Logbo-Kossi, Executive Director, Chamber of Mines, Cote D’Ivoire
  • Stanislas de Stabenrath, Managing Director, X&M
  • Simon Lester, Business Development Manager, Concrete Canvas

For more information, visit: http://ecomof.com/