The first ever West Africa gold conference will take place in Lagos State between 25thand 26th of June.
The event is hosted by Kian Smith Gold Refinery, in collaboration with Noemdek, a Nigeria-based international advisory firm.
According to a statement, the event is aimed at strengthening West Africa’s gold value chain, as well as enabling relevant policies and market infrastructure for the gold ecosystem.
The conference themed the “Gold West Africa Conference” would help promote a strong public and private sector lobby around gold, put the region top of mind in gold mining, refining all that pertains to gold as well as spur economic growth for countries Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Cote D’Ivoire, alongside others with gold.
According to the Managing Director of Kain Smith Trade & Co Ltd, Mrs. Nere Teriba, the Nigerian narrative on gold was advancing from gold exploration and mining to the gold market and economy.
She added that the Gold West Africa Conference is focused on developing the gold value chain in the region towards establishing West Africa as a gold market center.
“The development of the gold value chain in Nigeria has strong dependencies on gold, trade and monetary policies across ECOWAS and the geographical region of Africa.
“Economic & Sustainable solutions towards artisanal gold mining, trading, refining and creating gold products and markets can only be achieved when public and private stakeholders in the gold sector of West Africa jointly create the eco-system for the gold economy to thrive above ground.”
The co-host, of the conference, Mr. Kolade Apata also said:
“For the folks who are fortunate enough to attend the conference, they will quickly realize the investment opportunities available with the launch of the gold refinery.
“While this conference will serve as a good start for the right conversations, we are sincerely hoping it leads to the implementation of the ideas generated.”