Thank you for your participation in the 2012 Africa Mining Congress® in Livingstone. It was great having you with us and we are excited to provide you with this year’s post-show results. Here are some of the highlights:
74 -- Number of investors, institutional and private equity attendees
232 -- Total number of Attendees
71 -- Mining companies represented (61 of them presenting)
29 -- Types of mineral opportunities represented by companies attending
27 -- Different country opportunities represented by companies attending
621 -- Total number of 1:1 meetings held during conference
Companies noticed more private equity funds attended this year, as well as new institutional funds we have never had before. While we missed some familiar faces, the new ones we saw brought added variety and value to our group. There were 110 new attendees this year out of the 242 total registrants. Also, the mix of investors changed to include representatives from Russia and China demonstrating the widening appeal of Africa’s most focused mining investor conference.
The unique blend of so many mining companies with projects in Africa obviously remains attractive to investors and proves that investors are interested in far more than just the gold and base metal companies we have seen in the past. The presence of a mix of key investment bankers from a number of top financial institutions continues to add to the overall opportunities presented by this unique meeting place. The fact that the conference represents the opportunity to meet a number of debt and equity providers gives mining companies the chance to seek financial advice, services, and support from both bankers and investors in one place.
Our advisory committee has been planning for a top-notch analyst panel and investor group to present top picks and market trends at next year’s conference. Additionally, we are seeking an expert speaker for the key-note address as per suggestions of our attendees.
Thank you again for your on-going support of the Africa Mining Congress. We promise to continue to improve this Congress each year and to listen to suggestions, work on the internet, follow commodity demands and investors requests as we go forward in developing future programs. We are proud to continue support of Dani’s Home in Livingstone, the Modern Energy movement for the mining industry, and the Corporate Donor Program for Dani’s Foundation.