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WHY the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)?

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to a variety of key metals and minerals, including cobalt and copper, lithium and the 3T’s (tin, tungsten and tantalum), all of which are forecast to see rapid demand increases as the battery metals market grows.

More than 70 % of the world’s cobalt is produced in the DRC, and 15 to 30 % of the Congolese cobalt is produced by artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). The world's increasing demand for battery metals presents a unique opportunity to develop a model for responsible ASM cobalt mining and beneficiation.


The DRC's mining sector “has been given a boost, owing to a surge in demand for battery metals…The DRC’s mining industry has been the beneficiary of investments totalling more than US$30-billion over the past 15 to 20 years. Primarily a high-grade copper- and cobalt-producing country,” Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking mining and resources finances co-head Nivaash Singh

5 Reasons to attend

Acquire the latest battery metals and EV industry knowledge

Network with battery metals miners and end users

Meet industry solutions and technology providers

Engage in dialogue and contribute to the establishment of a new manufacturing industry

Learn about your competitors and exchange views on shared challenges

Battery metals and the energy transition: The next big opportunities. 


Africa is home to approximately 30% of the world’s mineral reserves, many of which are mined as raw materials for batteries, and 70% of the world’s cobalt is produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a key metal and a primary constituent of battery metals.

Who should attend?


Mining Exploration / Operators

Artisanal and small-scale miners (ASMs)

Government officials (DRC-Africa)

Consultants and Law Firms

Bankers, Investors and Financiers

Mining Services and Suppliers

Manufacturing Experts

End Users: EVs, Batteries, Electronics, Energy Storage, Metal Refiners

EPCs and Chemicals: Engineering / Technologies  

Industry Associations and Traders

IPPs Renewable Energy

Academia / University / Research

Regulation and Inspection Agencies

Contact Us


VUKA Group

Ground Floor, Ebden House, Belmont Park, Rondebosch. 7700, Cape Town, South Africa


+27 (0)21 700 3500

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