Symposium Mines Guinee (SMG 2010)

Venue: Palais du Peuple

Location: Conakry, Guinea

Event Date/Time: Nov 23, 2010 End Date/Time: Nov 25, 2010
Registration Date: Nov 14, 2010
Early Registration Date: Nov 07, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 14, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Nov 07, 2010
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On behalf of the organising committee, we are delighted to invite you to participate in Symposium Mines Guinea (SMG 2010), which will take place from 23– 25 November 2010, in Conakry, Republic of Guinea.

The event is organized by the Ministry of Mines & Geology, Republic of Guinea, in association with AME Trade Ltd, United Kingdom.

SMG 2010: West Africa’s largest mining event
Symposium Mines Guinea is now established as the largest mining event currently organised in West Africa. In 2008, the event attracted over 800 participants emanating from 25 countries, 46 companies exhibited and 85 presentations were delivered. The event also featured touristic visits to the Isle de Loos, and to the mining sites Simandou, Kamsar, Sangaredi and Boké.

Symposium Mines Guinea has been organised on a biannual basis since 2004 (Bel Air, Boffa, Guinea), 2006 (Dusseldorf, Germany) and 2008 (Conakry, Guinea). For 2010 in order to improve the quality and format of the event, there has been an extra day added for conference presentations, provisions have been made for a larger exhibition space and there will be more interactive seminars and roundtable discussions. We are particularly keen to encourage the participation of Guinea’s young professionals and mining graduates in SMG 2010.

Guinea: From Democracy to Prosperity.

Symposium Mines Guinea 2010, will take place against the backdrop of the country’s first truly democratic elections, after a two year period of an oscillating political landscape, Guinea is entering a new era with a new government about to be elected, civilian rule and the hope for a brighter future for all its citizens.

Guinea is now back on the worldwide political agenda for the right reasons, with development partners and private sector investors now returning and showing their commitment to making sure that hand in hand with the government of Guinea, the country fulfils its vast potential and becomes a regional and continental economic powerhouse.

The main theme of SMG 2010: Mining: Good Governance - Sustainable Development

SMG 2010 main theme is very pertinent to the current situation in the Republic of Guinea.

If there is Good Governance with a sound fiscal and legal environment, and transparent mining sector policies and regulations, this will lead to increased investment in the mining industry.

As a result of this investment, the country will maximise the economic potential of its natural resources. The resulting funds can be allocated to education, healthcare and improving the transport infrastructure. In addition more jobs will be created, and sustainable development of Guinea’s natural resources will occur.

Guinea: a mining paradise

Bauxite: The world's largest bauxite reserve: more than 40 billion tons (alumina content of more than 40%); accounts for more than half of the total world reserves, second largest world producer behind Australia. Due to well know recent stagnations, Guinea is presently the world’s fifth producer of this mineral.

Alumina: Production of 700,000 tons per year and a potential for 15 millions tons per year.

Iron: Two world-class iron deposits: Nimba(N’Nzérékoré) and Simandou(Beyla-Kerouané), as well as Kalia(Faranah) and also large deposits at Zogota (N’Zerekoré) and Forecariah. Guinea has an estimated 25 billion tonnes of iron reserves.

Gold: More than 24 tons per year produced with a potential of several hundred tons. 500 tons of proven reserves and an estimated total reserve of more than 5000 tonnes.

Diamonds: Potential for 25 million to 30 million carats, but the potential remains open with kimberlites not yet completely recorded.

Oil and gas: Significant potential to be explored both offshore and onshore.

Uranium: encouraging preliminary results from metallurgical investigations. Important indices located at Kissoudougou (Firawaa), Kerouané et Beyla.

Other resources: Limestone (estimated reserves, 200,000 tonnes), Nickel (est. reserves of 185,000 tonnes), titanium (est. reserves 192,000 tonnes), graphite, gemstones, cobalt, zinc and lead are all believed to be present.