Often considered to be in the margins of globalization, Africa is rich in mineral resources, on the other hand takes its place in the boom in the mining sector since the early 200s, marked by a continuous increase in investment in this industry. Before demand increasingly strong mineral resources, due to the rise of emerging countries, Africa, under-explored and under exploited, takes on the appearance of Eldorado for small and large mining companies from Europe, North America and of course Asia.
How African governments can be able to capture part of mining revenues and put them at the service of economic, social and environmental development of the continent? Or, conversely, that appetite for African basement will he turn to pillage the continent?
In the view of global development experts, the major problem in Africa lies in its energy weakness. Access to energy is a key factor of economic, social and political development of the African continent. Despite enormous potential fossil and renewable energy, Africa has significant energy deficits: the continent's resources are sometimes underutilized, sometimes exported in raw form, often unevenly distributed in space or even often wasted.
In the absence of a satisfactory offer, the per capita energy consumption is very low. Improve access of African populations to energy requires intervention at three levels:
At Regional level : set up a consultation for the development of large scale projects.
At National level : streamline the activities of incumbents.
At Local level : favoring flexible and innovative solutions to make available to people in rural and urban area sources of reliable and efficient energy.
To respond to these questions SEMICA, International Energy, Mining and Quarries Convention, annual international event dedicated to professionals of Energy, Mines and Quarries in Africa was created since 2012.
Organized in partnership with the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Burkina Faso and the Chamber of Mines of Burkina, SEMICA is an exchange framework that gathers every year all African and global professionals of energy, mining and quarries industries to exchange on topical subjects, promote their resources and build fruitful partnerships.
For three days, attended by several Heads of States, High personalities, Prime Ministers, Ministers, Ambassadors, CEOs, International Consultants and Experts, Investors, International Mining Companies, Financial Institutions, etc., Business Meetings , Conferences & roundtables and Exhibitions are organized.
The fourth edition will be held from May 28 to 30, 2015 at the Centre Commercial Laico Ouaga 2000 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso under the theme " Mining sector’s contribution to the emergence of ECOWAS States, Promotion of local materials and local supply of mining goods and services and EnergyTransition".