The World Gold Council recently sent a small delegation to the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2020 conference in Cape Town, South Africa (or the Mining Indaba as it’s generally and more simply known). This is the largest mining event in Africa and attracts a very broad set of mining company executives, government representatives and investors of various shapes and sizes, in addition to service and equipment suppliers, civil society organisations, academics and many more.
In total, over 6,000 delegates attended the Mining Indaba. Although the conference is focused primarily on encouraging investment in the mining industry, its agenda includes many high-level policy discussions and representatives from the governments of over 40 different countries were present this year. The political heavyweights on stage at the conference included the President of Sierra Leone and the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo; last year, it was the leaders of South Africa and Ghana.