By Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, is set to lead the Nigerian delegation to the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference, holding in Perth, Australia between September 6thÂ and 8thÂ 2017.
According to a statement by the Ministry in AbujaÂ Monday, Nigeriaâ€™s participation at this yearâ€™s conference is expected to serve the following strategic objectives: â€œSignal to the international mining community, the countryâ€™s economic policy priorities which focus on the diversification of Nigeriaâ€™s revenue base by repositioning the mining sector for greater productivity.
It noted that as a conference that attracts significant interest from organisations prospecting for business opportunities in the mining sector in Africa, â€œthe Nigerian delegation includes critical stakeholders, notably officials of some state governments in charge of minerals and mining, financial experts, investors and operatorsâ€.
According to the statement, â€œThe Minister will also deliver a paperÂ â€˜Mining for Shared Prosperity: Why Nigeria, Why Nowâ€™ on the opening day of the conference which is renowned as one of the leading fora for facilitating discussions on how to grow investments and participation in the African mining space.
â€œNigeria was a major focus at the conference last year following the discovery, by an Australian firm, of a huge deposit of Nickel in Kaduna State. The minister is expected to provide an update on the mineral among other issues, during the conference.”