The focus of this year’s Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre, one of the world’s largest mining investment conferences run by the same team behind the Investing in African Mining Indaba, is to drive increased investment and collaboration in Latin American mining, says content developer and presentation coordinator Mining Indaba content director Harry Chapman.
“The focus ties in well with mining companies, governments and investors aiming to collaborate more closely on projects, whether that’s collaboration between different mining companies or investors working more closely with government and communities,” he tells Mining Weekly.
The event, which is in its second year, will be hosted by Mining Indaba from July 10 to 11 in Santiago, Chile.
Chapman notes that attendees will see a more senior speaker line-up this year, which will include CEOs from large companies, such as Chilean miner SQM CEO Patricio de Solminihac.
“We have more supporters from some of the leading sector associations – the Brazilian Mining Association, for example, is supporting the event for the first time. Mining Cumbre is also working more closely with associations, such as the Ecuadorian Mining Association, to get its message of driving investment and collaboration across.”
Mining Cumbre aims to be a catalyst for investment in mining in Latin America and drive investment in mining projects, as well as bring international investors and investors from across Latin America to Chile to interact at the event, Chapman adds.
Further, he says that the organisation has worked hard to make the agenda of the event more diverse and highlights that the event will boast 25% female representation, in terms of speakers and advisory board members, this year compared with 15% last year.
Moreover, Mining Cumbre looks forward to the keynote fireside chat, which will focus on how companies can collaborate closely with investors and governments over the next decade to drive investment, exploration and development.
Speakers at the fireside chat include Solminihac, private mining entrepreneurs association Sociedad Nacional de Minería de Chile development manager Maria Betancour, and State-owned copper mining company Codelco former board director Laura Albornoz who was also the former Minister of the National Women’s Service for Chile.
Chapman comments that Mining Cumbre is expecting a good attendance from investors, though he cannot disclose the numbers until after the event. Notable investors that will attend include venture capital firm CD Capital and asset management company Hawkes Point. There were 55 buy-side investors in attendance last year.
Investors and mining companies will have the opportunity to interact with mining ministers from Chile, Peru and Bolivia, as well as mining vice ministers from Ecuador and Argentina.
Event sponsors include advisory firm Deloitte, law firm Baker McKenzie and mining issuer New Pacific Metals.
The Mining Cumbre team is looking to grow the event over the coming years and may explore moving it to other countries in South America as the event expands, Chapman concludes.