By Amin Kef Sesay
President Dr Julius Maada Bio departed Sierra Leone on 1 February 2020 for South Africa to attend the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2020, said to be the usual largest conference in Africa.
The President was invited to deliver a keynote address at this year’s Mining Indaba which is hosted in Cape Town, South Africa and starts today 3rd February 2020 and will end on the 6th February 2020.
According to Tom Quinn, the Head of Content for Mining Indaba the theme for Investing in African Mining Indaba 2020 is ‘Optimising Growth and Investment in the Digitised Mining Economy. President Maada Wonie Bio is the new generation African leader, recognising that innovation and technology will drive mining investment on the continent.
Last year, the Mining Indaba attracted around a thousand delegates including CEOs of reputable mining companies, financiers, investors, Government Ministers and Heads of State like the President of South Africa and the President of Ghana. At this year’s event, President Bio has been recognised to deliver the keynote address for his admirable leadership in promoting reforms and safeguarding national interests in Sierra Leone’s mining sector.
From South Africa, the President will also proceed to attend the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa from 9th – 10th February 2020. The theme for the summit is: “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa’s Development”.
During the summit, the President will present a report as Chairperson of the Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government on the Reform of the United Nations Security Council. The summit will also feature reports on the institutional reform of the African Union, the African Continental Free Trade Area and Peace and Security.