African Ministers Speak at PDAC

More than 30,000 people attended the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention in Toronto. Among the many receptions, seminars and parties, Norton Rose LLP convened a Roundtable of African Government Ministers on March 6. (The firm has offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban).

The firm’s Paris-based partner Poupak Bahamin and Toronto-based associate Avril Cole hosted the Roundtable at which Ministers brought to Canada a message of varied business opportunities for PDAC delegates.

Bahamin and Cole told Lexpert they were inspired by their clients to host this particular event. African mining opportunities, and talk of “resource nationalism” were top of mind for those attending. The Minister panelists were:

His Excellency Dr. Fuh Calistus Gentry

Secretary of State

Ministry of Mines, Industry & Technological Development Republic of Cameroon


His Excellency Guillaume Curtis

Secretary-General of Mines and Geology

Republic of Guinea


Her Excellency Madam Sinkinesh Ejigu

Minister of Mines



Mr. Tahar Bouarroudj

General Manager of Mines

Republic of Algeria


Mr. Ousmane Cissé

Director of Mines, Geology and Agriculture Republic of Senegal

2 comments on “African Ministers Speak at PDAC

  1. joe biggs
    March 12, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    this post is a joke – don’t you think we’d be more interested to know what the ministers and attendees themselves said, rather than the hosts. And there’s no chance to attend, since it’s posted the day after the event

    • jeancumming
      March 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      Thanks for writing. I do take your points. However, we were trying to inspire other law firms regarding events they might try for business development. Jean Cumming

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