Critical Minerals Africa Summit to Profile Africa’s Investment Outlook

CMA 2024 will feature a panel outlining Africa's most competitive investment prospects and underscoring its attractiveness to international mining investors and buyers

By Stermy 3 Min Read

The upcoming Critical Minerals Africa (CMA) summit, set for November 6 – 7 in Cape Town, will feature a panel discussion spotlighting investment prospects in Africa’s critical minerals and rare earth elements sector.

With Sub-Saharan Africa holding an estimated 30% of the world’s reserves for critical minerals like lithium, cobalt, and copper – crucial for the fourth industrial revolution – significant opportunities for global partnerships and investments arise.

The panel, titled “Investing in African Critical Minerals in a Competitive Environment,” will delve into effective approaches for attracting buyers and strengthening Africa’s critical mineral value chain amidst intense global competition.

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Recent noteworthy developments to be discussed at CMA 2024 will highlight growing opportunities within Africa’s critical minerals realm.

Last October, a consortium comprising the U.S., European Commission, African Development Bank, and the governments of Zambia, the DRC, and Angola inked a deal to mobilize $1.3 billion in funding for the transnational Lobito Corridor project.

This initiative aims to establish an efficient and swift export route for minerals from the three African nations.

During the same period, UAE investment platform F9 Capital Management collaborated with South African mining firm Q Global Commodities to inject $1 billion into South Africa’s mining exploration and development sector.

Additionally, commitments exceeding $3.7 billion from Japan and the U.K. underscore a growing interest among investors in Africa’s mineral-rich landscape.

Meanwhile, African countries are actively engaging in direct negotiations and streamlining permitting procedures to accelerate exploration activities. Just last month, Zambia’s Ministry for Mines greenlit drilling operations by KoBold Metals Company at the $2 billion, 600,000-metric-ton Konkola West Copper Project, following the discovery of copper reserves in February.

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Moreover, the Zambian Government’s approval of mining company International Resources Holding’s acquisition of a 51% stake in Mopani Copper Mines sets the stage for new exploration and development initiatives.

As global demand for critical minerals continues to soar, Africa emerges as a promising investment destination. The panel discussion at CMA 2024 aims to identify strategies for fostering an enabling environment and enhancing Africa’s competitiveness in the global critical minerals arena.

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