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ILiA joined two panel discussions at Mining Indaba

London, 9 February 2023

ILiA, the international not-for-profit trade body representing the global lithium industry, attended Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa, 6th-9th February and participated in two high profile panel discussions.

Roland Chavasse, Secretary General, joined a conversation on “Battery Metals Focus on: Lithium & Nickel” with the Hon. Tom Alweendo, Minister of Mines and Energy, Republic of Namibia, the Hon. Paul Chanda Kabuswe, Minister of Mining, Republic of Zambia, the Hon. Winston Chitando, Minister of Mines & Mining Development, Republic of Zimbabwe, Joaquim Nunes de Almeida (Director, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission), Dr Remi Piet (Embelline Advisory) and Dr Vanessa Ushie (Ag. Director, African Natural Resources Management and Investment Center).

Roland also shared the floor with David Sturmes (Director, Fair Cobalt Alliance), TP Nchocho (Chief Executive Officer, The Industrial Development Corporation) and Marina Demidova (Head of Communications, Cobalt Institute) for a panel discussion titled “The Path to Zero Emission Mining Through Battery Electric Vehicles”.

Both dialogues were valuable in terms of identifying common goals and challenges as the world moves to de-carbonise fuelling demand for battery metals including lithium. Several African countries including Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Ghana, are home to sizable lithium resources and have the potential to add to the global supply of lithium.  Africa has limited capacity for lithium mineral processing or refining of lithium chemicals hence the pertinence of these panel discussions.   

About Indaba

Investing in African Mining Indaba (Mining Indaba) is dedicated to the successful capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. Over the last 29 years Mining Indaba has given attendees a unique and broad perspective of the African mining industry, bringing together visionaries and innovators across the entire value chain. Mining Indaba supports education, career development, sustainable development, and other important causes in Africa. 

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