CALGARY - The CANADIAN COUNCIL ON AFRICA is sponsoring the "Natural Resources and African Economic Development" conference on Nov. 28-29 in Calgary. Mining is one of the three main focus sectors; the other two are energy and forestry. The theme of the conference is how to better integrate Africa's natural riches into positive, long-term economic development and where Canada can contribute to that effort.
The meeting is aimed at representatives of Canadian mining companies, engineering, supply and service firms with an international outlook. Similarly representatives of African enterprises are invited. Organizers have confirmed that Buyelwa Sonjica, the South African Minister of Minerals and Energy, and Prof. Lesley Obiora, the Nigerian Minister of Solid Mineral Development, will attend. Also expected are Tanzania's prime minister and delegations representing Ghana, Angola, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Uganda, Mali Rwanda, and Cote d'Ivoire.
An additional workshop on Nov. 30 will examine best practices in natural resource management as seen in Alberta and Canada.
Conference partners include SNC LAVALIN, BARRICK GOLD, ALCAN and others.
Delegates may register online at www.CCAfrica.ca. The cost of the conference is Cdn$595 for CCAfrica member and Cdn$795 for non-members.