A Mauritian in Mali (Journées Minières et Pétrolières 2011)
One of the most exciting mining and petroleum industry events was held in Mali’s capital, Bamako. The conference attracted over 600 participants and over 50 exhibitors from all over the world. The theme for the 2011 conference was “Mali: Sustainably diversifying its mineral resources”. It was uplifting to see how the environment for future generations is high on the agenda of the Malian government.
During the opening ceremony, which was a very colourful and musical affair with the entertainment provided by the national folk band; I was informed by a proud Malian about the famous pilgrimage to Mecca of the Emperor Kankou Moussa in 1324, on his caravan he carried more than 8 tonnes of gold which he distributed along his journey! Mali has therefore been traditionally a mining country for over half a millennium.
As the third largest producer of gold, Mali currently has seven operating gold mines which include: Kalana and Morila in Southern Mali, Yatela, Sadiola and Loulo in Western Mali, and mines which have recently restarted production notably Syama and Tabakoto. Advanced gold exploration projects include: Kofi, Kodieran, Gounkoto, Komana, Banankoro, Kobada and Nampala.
For the next few years, encouraging performances in the extraction of other mineral resources are expected.
On the fourth day of JMP 2011, participants were treated to technical visits to two of Mali’s major mining operations; where we were greeted to a warm welcome; making the 4 hour bus journey thoroughly worth it!
What an amazing experience and wonderful hospitality from the Malian people!
– Mary-Anne Etienne-Hughes, Recruitment Consultant