Uganda is preparing to host the eagerly anticipated Mineral Wealth Conference, a pivotal event in its efforts to draw investors into the country’s burgeoning mining sector, with the goal of propelling economic development.
Organized by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in collaboration with the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, this conference is poised to revitalize a sector predominantly dominated by artisanal miners.
Over 300 local and international experts are expected to convene at the Mineral Wealth Conference, seeking to unlock investment opportunities and catalyze economic growth through the mineral sector. The importance of this gathering is underscored by the sector’s reliance on artisanal miners, whose activities have contributed to the industry’s vitality.
Vincent Keddi, Principal Engineer at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, expressed optimism about the conference’s potential to invigorate a sector long characterized by small-scale miners. He noted,
“The conference is a blessing to the sector, which is largely dominated by artisanal miners.”
Richard Kaijuka, Chairman of the Board of the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, emphasized the necessity of streamlining the artisanal mining sector and empowering industry players to facilitate business expansion.
The conference aims to foster a supportive environment for these sector players, driving the scaling up of mining operations and positioning Uganda as a formidable player in the global mining arena.
With the spotlight firmly on the Mineral Wealth Conference, Uganda is poised to demonstrate its commitment to transforming its mineral sector into a powerful catalyst for sustainable development and economic growth. As the nation welcomes experts from around the world, the stage is set for a pivotal moment in the evolution of the country’s mining industry.