Highlights of the 2014 Mining Indaba
19 March 2014
Investing in African Mining Indaba is the world’s largest mining investment event and Africa’s largest mining event. This year there were more than 7,500 individuals representing international companies from 100 countries and approximately 45 African and non-African government delegations.
The challenges mining companies are facing in terms of their own operations and their contribution to the economies of countries they operate in, the communities they interact with and the environments they impact, is getting more complex. This year’s Indaba highlighted and explored a number of these themes from different perspectives, which provided some core insights.
For ERM, mining is one of our most important sectors, which is why we have been a regular attendee at this event for many years. Through the work that we do for the range of clients we work with in Africa and around the world, we have accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. As a result, we believe we can play an active part in these debates by sharing some of our thinking.
This document is our topline view on some of the key themes and observations we noted at Indaba and in particular highlights a summary of ERM’s Special Topic Workshop which discussed “Saving time and money through pro-active management of health, safety, community and environmental risks.” This event brought together industry leaders, NGOs and other opinion formers in a well attended, interactive debate with plenty of challenging and thought provoking questions. While this is not meant to be an exhaustive summary, we hope it helps stimulate some thought, which we would be happy to discuss with you further.
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