About the Summit


WaCA Mining 2015
The Most-Established and Dedicated Event for West & Central Africa



Bringing Together Mining Ministries and Commissions, Major and Junior Mining Companies and Operators, Global and Local Mining Products, Technology & Solutions Providers, Financiers and Investors


The West and Central African countries such as Ghana, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Liberia, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire and Sierra Leone contain some of the world's largest, untapped, high-grade iron ore and gold deposits. There is a phenomenal rush of mining interest in this region.

WaCA Mining unites mining companies with investors and government officials to explore the latest projects and development opportunities across the West & Central African region: the No. 1 mining business industry event!


West & Central Africa's Mining Facts:

Ghana is the 2nd largest producer of gold in Sub-Saharan Africa - holding 70% of all the gold in West Africa - and the 7th largest gold producer in the world. It has an estimated $200 billion of gold in Ashanti Belt or $1.5 million per 8 acres. Gold production is on the rise with more investments expected to be poured into the country.
Burkina Faso is the 4th largest producer of gold in Africa, with the 3rd largest gold mining site on the continent. It has attracted 17 mining operators, extracting mostly gold resources.
Nigeria is back on the mining map with current exploration results indicating over a trillion tonnes of coal and rare earth metals such as lanthanum, cerium, neodymium and yttrium, as well as oil sands. Its Government attempts to meet mining targets with concessions offered for the exploration of reserves and to raise incentives for non-crude revenue. This is supported by up to 95% waiver on customs and import duties for mining equipment and tax holidays of 3 to 5 years. A rail network is expected to support and stimulate mining activities.
Sierra Leone is rich in rutile, diamonds, bauxite, gold, iron ore and platinum. Its Tonkolili mine is expected to produce 40 mntpa (million tonnes per annum) of iron ore by 2014 abetted by the completion of the Bumbuna hydroelectric dam, thus overcoming the country's power shortages. Diamond exports rose by almost 50% in 2013.
Mali is the 3rd largest gold producer in Africa, also possessing substantial deposits of iron, phosphate, marble, granite. The Government has introduced an attractive mining code and incentives to stimulate mining activities following the last coup. The target is to double gold output by 2018.
The Liberia mining sector is set for rapid growth. In 2013, country sets up 1st commercial gold mine to be built by London-listed miner Aureus Mining.
Niger's portfolio comprises some of the world's most-prized minerals, including gold and uranium.
With investments from China, Cote d'lvoire plans to quadruple manganese production by 2017. The country has been recognised with the potential to be a key exploration destination.
Gabon manganese production is expected to reach 5.1 million tonnes in 2012, compared to 2 million tonnes in 2009.
Guinea is set to become one of the world's largest iron ore producers, with iron ore production expected to expand to over 115 mntpa by 2016. Guinea's bauxite sector is also set to grow significantly, and is likely to propel the country to become the world's 3rd largest bauxite miner by 2015. The President has recently announced the Government's plans to increase state ownership of mines from 15-33% while also raising taxes.
The Central African Republic has 470 different types of minerals, most of which are untapped. Major commodities that are currently mined are diamonds, gold, and uranium (Areva). Deposits of iron ore, manganese and even copper remain untouched. The potential for hydro-energy is present and oil was found in the north-east. Once the country (with only 4.5 million inhabitants) produces up to 1 million barrels of crude oil per day, the economy - including the extractive industry - will emerge from the heart of the continent.
The Government of Cameroon has embarked on an extensive airborne, geophysical survey to map out the unexplored mineral potential of the country. This is through a one and a half-year project (January 2014 to June 2015) code-named "Airborne Geophysical Survey Campaign" to cover a surface area of 187,200 square kilometers in the North, Adamawa, East, West, Littoral and Centre Regions. There is insufficient knowledge on the mineral potentials of about 60% of the country.
The Republic of Congo has attracted significant interests in its rich iron ore deposits. Equatorial, Exxaro and Glencore are all building iron-ore mines in RoC, where ports and rail are being prepared to cope with bulk shipments.





WaCA Mining 2015 is About:

•      Discovering mining-favored countries for investment and exploration opportunities in West & Central Africa
•      Getting first-hand insights into the most-current economic and market outlook for Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Liberia, etc
•      Highlighting how to raise capital for exploration and expansion
•      Bringing explorers and producers together to overcome business risks, sovereign risks and tenement risks, as well as other practical risk issues associated with mining operations in this region
•      Creating critical networking opportunities and relationship building with regional government ministries
•      Fostering networking with stakeholders in the entire value chain at the highest level
•      Offering the largest gathering of investors focused on the mining sector in West & Central Africa


What's New at the 7th WaCA Mining Summit & Expo?

•      Issues Focus: Dissect the top issues that keep all miners awake at night!
•      West & Central African Project Showcases: What are in the pipelines and the potential for all
•      Technology Showcase: More than 100 exhibitors will be showcasing innovations in enhancing efficiency, profitability and sustainability
•      Networking Cocktail Party


Who Should Attend?

•      Senior & Junior Mining Companies •      Geologists
•      Investment & Financing Firms •      Project Finance Managers
•      Government & Regulators •      Consulting Companies
•      Stock Exchanges and Commodity Exchanges •      Law Firms
•      Merchant Banks •      Mining Software Technology Providers
•      Mining & Metals Consultants and Traders •      Mining Machinery & Equipment Producers
•      Fund Management Companies •      Industry Associations





"A great place to connect with influencial players in mining in West & Central Africa."
Eduan Pieter, VBKom Projects (Pty) Ltd


"My overall impression was very good.
Looking forward to following-up on the contacts made."

Tredeep Timmal, TPT Workwear (Pty) Ltd





"It was a successful summit."
Normanyo A Tetteh, 888 Investments Ghana Ltd


"Very well-planned. Participation was good."
Jerry Ahadjie, Minerals Commission (Ghana)


"Well conducted."
A R Krishnan, Scaw Ghana Ltd