“Our presence at DRC Mining Week is to reinforce our commitment to the industry and assure all stakeholders that FBNBank DRC SA remains a key player in the economic development of DRC.” This is according to Akeem Oladele, MD of FBNBank DRC SA, a returning diamond sponsor of DRC Mining Week, taking place in Lubumbashi from 13-15 June.
He adds: “our participation in the DRC Mining Week last year was one of the bank’s major sponsorships since its rebranding from BIC to FBNBank DRC SA. The decision was a conscious move in line with our overarching communication strategy to connect and engage with our stakeholders to come out strong as a diamond sponsor.”
“Secondly,” he continues, “this was part of a well thought through strategy of laying solid foundation for our bank’s presence in this economically heavyweight region of the country. Today, you will agree with me that DRC Mining Week has become one of the most respected high profile forums in Africa, and many executive players and decision makers the world over now consider the event as must attend. This is because the event offers enormous business and professional networking opportunities, not only to the mining sector, but also to the entire ecosystem in which Banks operate. Our presence this year at the DRC Mining Week is to reinforce our commitment to the industry and assure all stakeholders that remains a key player in the economic development of DRC.”
Particular interest in mining
According to Mr Oladele, FBNBANK has a particular interest for mining projects in Katanga and “we are leveraging the Group’s mining expertise from across the globe from the UK to China to assist mining companies on their growth paths in the region. We have various financing offers that our customers in the region use to help develop their businesses.”
He adds: “as a bank, we have a huge responsibility, as part of the value chain, to strive for innovative business solutions which will add value to the ecosystem. Most of African countries’ GDP contribution and development initiatives rely heavily on the mining sector. We are therefore continuously working to position our bank as a major key player in DRC mining sector.”
At DRC Mining Week Mr Oladele is part of a panel discussion session on “Finding balance between financials discipline and economic: Driving sustainable productivity and guaranteeing bankable projects”. He explains: “I look forward to a very robust discussion and insights from other panelists and discussants. And most importantly discussion on the real challenges facing the sector as a whole; How do we stimulate growth and ensure profitability is sustained over time while mitigating and minimizing risks in a still shaky regulatory environment? It will be an interesting panel and we hope to come up with key strategic directions and proposals for the industry.”
For the full interview with Mr Akeem Oladele, click here: http://www.drcminingweek.com/FBNBank2018-interview
Flagship mining event
DRC Mining Week, a long-running, flagship mining conference and expo, will return to the mining hub of Lubumbashi from 13-15 June. The event is the largest mining and industrial platform in the DRC, showcasing the vast investment opportunities in the sector.
DRC Mining Week is organised by Spintelligent, a leading Cape Town-based organiser of exhibitions and conferences across the continent in the infrastructure, real estate, energy, mining, agriculture and education sectors. Other well-known events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, Agritech Expo Zambia, Mining Baraza, Future Energy East Africa, Future Energy Nigeria and Nigeria Mining Week. Spintelligent is part of the UK-based Clarion Events Group.
DRC Mining Week:
Pre-conference Power Focus Day: 13 June 2018
Conference and expo: 14-15 June 2018
Site visit: 13 June 2018
Location: The Pullman Grand Karavia Hotel, Lubumbashi, DRC