Participating in African Mining Indaba 2012
JBIC participated in "MINING INDABA 2012", one of the world's largest mining conference, held in Cape Town, South Africa on February 6-9, 2012. Indaba originally means "an important gathering" in Zulu.
This conference is the 17th annual meeting. The number of visitors to the conference recorded about 7,200, including African government officials in charge of mining, mining companies from all over the world, as well as people concerned from consumer countries.
In addition, this is the second time for JBIC to participate in the conference since last year.
JBIC set up a joint exhibition booth with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) to introduce the role and activities of all-Japan team toward the mining resources.
Approximately 400 people, including government officials from African countries and representatives of resource companies, investment firms, banks, securities companies and law firms, visited the JBIC booth. JBIC displayed its financing products and activities concerning mining resources, as well as all-inclusive Japanese efforts, which attracted strong interest among the visitors.
Representing the government of Japan (GOJ), Mr. Tadahiro Matsushita (then Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry) attended the conference and became the second Japanese METI official to have participated after Mr. Yoshikatsu Nakayama (then METI Vice Minister), who attended the conference last year.
First, he extended deepest gratitude for the abundance of encouragement and support from African countries after The Great Disaster on March 11 last year.He also stressed that Japan reaffirmed the "KIZUNA" (a strong tie with African countries) after the disaster, and that when Japanese companies participate in mine development in Africa, they will place the highest priority on environment protection and employees' safety and will also take the utmost care of welfare, education, and employment in local communities that is respected as a model case in the world to contribute to the genuine development in Africa.
To support Japanese industries' resource-acquisition activities, JBIC will continue to introduce all-Japan team efforts and partnership of GOJ and other Japanese government agencies in resource-related projects in the international conferences.