The current edition of the event, which is organized by AME Trade Ltd. in partnership with the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, began with an intervention by the Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, says a statement sent to VerAngola.
On the occasion, the minister highlighted that in the mining sector the emphasis is on private agents and that "the government is responsible for creating a good environment so that they can develop".
"This good environment involves the creation of laws that are attractive and the creation of geological infrastructures, that is, the availability of more and better quality geological information and also laboratory infrastructures. We also look at the issue of human capital so that companies feel more supported and invest in our country", he added, quoted in the statement.
However, the signing of a protocol of understanding between Angola and the United States of America (USA) was the highlight of the morning of the first day of the conference, with José Manuel, PCA of the Geological Institute of Angola (IGEO), and Tulinabo S. Mushingi, US Ambassador to Angola, representing the United States Geological Survey (USGS), to be the signatories of the document "which aims to establish cooperation in the scientific field".
According to the statement, "in light of this same protocol, the United States Geological Survey will also support Angola in mapping its mineral resources and help" the country to become "a supplier of essential mineral resources for the energy transformation in the world".
On the occasion, the ambassador said that "the ultimate objective is that everyone can benefit from these resources to improve their living conditions. Furthermore, if the private sector maintains contact with the maps to be produced, this could attract more investments to Angola".
It is also worth highlighting the signing, by Jacinto Rocha, PCA of the National Mineral Resources Agency (ANRM), and Marna Cloete, president of Ivanhoe Group, of three copper exploration contracts in Angola.
The agenda for the first day of the 2nd edition of the AMC also included "discussion of various topics of interest, with emphasis on the initial session that presented Angola's vision for sustainable development in the mineral resources sector".
A round table followed, chaired by Jânio da Rosa Corrêa Victor, Secretary of State for Mineral Resources. According to the statement, the PCA of the Geological Institute of Angola, José Manuel, the PCA of the National Mineral Resources Agency, Jacinto Rocha, as well as the PCA of Endiama, Manuel Ganga Júnior, and Eugénio Bravo da Rosa, PCA from Sodiam, participated in this first panel.
The final panel addressed the theme "Development of a workforce for excellence, diversity and economic growth" and included the participation of Domingos Sousa and Helena Campos, from the National Directorate of Training and Local Content of the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas, Bongiwe Mabusela, from the South African Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, Rudolph Phillis, representing the company Barloworld, Manuel Mabangui, general director of the National Institute of Employment and Vocational Training, José Manso, director of Mining Operations at Furi Mining Society and Zacarias Samba, head of the Professional Training Department at Catoca.
The conference, according to the note, "attracted around 450 participants, 45 exhibitors, both national and international, 25 participating countries and more than 60 speakers".