Ghana mining and power show set for biggest year so far

Accra_International_Conference_CentreThe 2012 edition of WAMPEX will take place at Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana. (Image source: Guido Sohne)Interest in the 2012 West African Mining and Power Exhibition (WAMPEX) has been riding high, according to the trade show’s organisers, with visitor numbers set to surpass previous editions of the expo

Held alongside the West African Mining and Power Conference (WAMPOC), WAMPEX will take place at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana, from June 6-8, 2012.

Exhibitor numbers for the tenth edition of the biennial international exhibition, which is geared towards suppliers to West Africa’s rapidly growing power and mining sectors, have already surpassed figures for the last edition of the event.

“We are now almost on 80 exhibitors with seven weeks to go and enquiries have continued to pour in,” said John Thomson, managing director of Exhibition Management Services (EMS).

“This makes WAMPEX 2012 the largest in the history of the event, both in exhibitor numbers and square metres utilised.”

Ghana’s Minerals Commission chief executive officer Benjamin Ni Ayi Aryee remarked that the interest shown by companies and organisations in WAMPEX attests to the fact that West African countries, in particular the power and mining industries in those regions, have continued to grow at a rapid rate.

“Ghana and other countries in the West Africa sub-region have attracted significant global exploration capital,” said Ni Ayi Aryee. “The role of WAMPOC/WAMPEX in this success cannot be overemphasised.”

WAMPEX visitors and exhibitors will be exposed to a range of products and services, from industry-specific equipment, technology and services to consumables.

“It is fantastic to see such a positive response. It shows businesses and organisations are being proactive. They want to promote and grow their businesses,” noted Thomson.

WAMPEX 2012 has been endorsed by the Ghana Chamber of Mines, as well as the country’s Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, Ministry of Energy, Minerals Commission and the Volta River Authority.

Some of the big name exhibitors attending this year’s event from across the global mining and power industry include Acier Profile SBB  from Canada, South Africa’s AngloGold Ashanti, Bauer Maschinene GmbH from Germany, EEPC India, Ghana’s Multitech Services and Golden Star Resources, and Southern Mapping and United Spectrometer Technologies who both hail from South Africa.

“When it comes to trade and business opportunities the WAMPOC/WAMPEX Forum provides a platform to access opportunities and meet representatives of government agencies responsible for managing mining in West Africa,” commented Ni Ayi Aryee.

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