Angola: Angola International Mining Fair starts Wednesday with over 100 companies attending

18 June 2008

Luanda, Angola, 18 June – The second edition of the Angola International Mining Fair (FIMA) opens Wednesday in Luanda and will be open until 22 June with the participation of over 100 Angolan and foreign companies from the mining sector.

One of the companies taking part in FIMA for the first time is Australia’s BHP Billiton.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, the chairman of BHP Billiton-Angola, Paulino Neto, said that the company would make use of FIMA to present its “enormous potential.”

“In the firste dition of FIMA in 2007, BHP BIlliton was present only as a sponsor, now we are going to be present as both a sponsor and exhibitor,” Neto said.

The event, which is co-organised by Angolan diamond mining company Endiama, the Ministry of Geology and Mining and FIL (Feira Internacional de Luanda), aims to introduce the potential of the mining industry in Angola and is entitled, “The Challenges of the Mining Industry in Supporting Sustainable Development.”

This year Fima will showcase a number of innovations, including from the jewellery industry which will display its creations and the auctioning off of a diamond cut by Angolans, in Angola. (macauhub)