Mining expo opens in Windhoek

The annual Namibia Mining Expo and Conference officially opened here on Wednesday with over 100 exhibitors from various mining companies showcasing their services and products.

The two-day event will in addition to the various exhibitions have presentations on the performance and challenges of the mining industry, as well as how individuals and companies with exclusive prospecting licences can be assisted in the industry by Government.

Various industry players will also review diamond value addition, from the mining process, cutting and polishing, as well as jewellery making.

Officially opening the expo, Minister of Mines and Energy Tom Alweendo said undertaking serious introspection would help in mapping out the future, taking into consideration the lessons learned from the past in the mining industry.

β€œIn this respect, I challenge all the mining companies operating in the country and the Chamber of Mines to invest directly with our institutions of high learning in building the necessary skills. It is in the best interest of the future sustainability of the mining industry,” he said.

The expo is organised by the Chamber of Mines of Namibia and ends on Thursday.