Founded in 1981, CAMESE, The Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export, is a non-sales association existing for the purpose of assisting firms based in Canada to export to the world-wide mining industry.
Canada and South Africa have a common interest in mining. The industry comprises a significant portion of the GNP of each country. Both countries have a well-developed mining supply industry, each looking to export.
In many cases, the capabilities of these suppliers are complementary, so there is a high level of trade, licensing, joint ventures and other business arrangements already established between the two communities. However, many more potential ventures exist. During Electra Mining, CAMESE will work to foster these.
The heart of the Canada Pavilion will be the CAMESE booth itself. Francis Bourqui, CAMESE's Director, International Market Development, will be in charge.
On offer is the CAMESE Compendium of Canadian Mining Suppliers, a 180-page magazine giving information about the capabilities of over 250 firms offering mining equipment and services to world markets.
The CAMESE booth will feature posters and literature for 41 firms offering a wide range of mining goods and services. The Canada Pavilion will also comprise 10 individual booths.
The Canada Pavilion will be supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, in particular the Canadian High Commission Trade Office in Johannesburg. Also, Natural Resources Canada is planning a presence at the show, so that South Africans can learn about the large, efficient, high-tech and environmentally sound Canadian mining industry.
The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines of the Province of Ontario will have a booth and will lead a mission of companies interested in doing business with South Africa. Another group, from the mining camp in the north of the Province of Quebec also interested in doing business with South Africa, will be present under the banner of 48e Nord International, the region's export promotion office.
Given the distance between our countries, the Canadian presence at Electra Mining Africa 2002 will demonstrate the importance that the Canadian government, CAMESE and Canadian mining suppliers place on the mining industry in South and Southern Africa.
Canada aims to demonstrate the excellence of their mining equipment and services and enhance the already strong business relationships between the countries.