UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema will today (Wednesday) morning deliver one of the main speeches at the ongoing world’s largest gathering of the most influential stakeholders and decision-makers in the mining sector on the African continent.
Though there are other smaller panel groups that are taking place at the event in Cape Town, HH is among the key speakers that are delivering speeches on the main stage.
HH will start speaking at 09: 05 on the main stage on the topic ‘Taking the Sustainability of Mining Beyond the Cycles’. He will be joined by Rick Menell the Chairman of Credit Suisse Securities Johannesburg and Roberts Orya, the Chief Executive Officer for Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM).
You can view the programme here.
You can also see the list of key note speakers here.
On Tuesday, PF’s minister of Mines Christopher Yaluma took part in a panel discussion where the World Bank launched a diagnostic tool that will measure each country’s governance and stability in the mining sector to help ease investors’ decisions before they could invest.
This was in smaller room on the sidelines of the conference. Yaluma told the smaller group that governance is critical if mining industry is to have any meaningful impact in society.
“We need to ensure that governance in extractive industries is right so we can maximize returns on our minerals for the benefit of the country,” Yaluma said.
Yaluma added that though mining in Zambia continues to be the dominant and leading sector to contribute to the country’s GDP, there was noticeable lack of meaningful participation of locals in the industry.
After listening to HH, Yaluma will have another meeting with some people in Suite 1.43, a small room at the corner of the conference.
Before travelling to Cape Town, HH was interviewed by CNBC in Johannesburg and explained what is required to uplift Zambia from current misery. You can listen to him here.