Kolkata to host mega mining events

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 04, 2012 12:44 hrs

Kolkata, Dec 4 (IBNS) Ministers, policymakers, diplomats and captains of mining and minerals sectors from across the world will discuss global mining trends, technology, policy frameworks and emerging business opportunities in the Indian mining and coal sectors and also plan strategies to achieve high growth in mining when the two-day Global Mining Summit (GMS 2012) and the four-day International Mining and Machinery Exhibition (IMME 2012) kick-off concurrently in Kolkata on Dec 5.

GMS 2012 will be held at Hotel Hyatt Regency, while IMME 2012 will take place at Salt Lake Stadium complex grounds.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organizing these showpiece global events in association with the Ministry of Mines and Coal India.

This Summit's Theme of drawing A Roadmap for Global Leadership will set the context for the policy and regulatory imperatives in order to draw investments.

The dignitaries who will address the GMS 2012 include West Bengal Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee, Wahidullah Shahrani, Minister of Mines, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, S K Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India, S Narsing Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, Coal India Limited, K D Diwan, Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Copper Limited, Dean R Thompson, Consul General, Consulate General of the United States of America, Kolkata, India and Luis De Leon, President - Global Mining Products, Caterpillar Inc, USA among others.

The Global Mining Summit 2012 will also focus on roles of financial institutions, environmental and safety issues.

Major players from the mining, coal, iron ore and other mineral sectors globally, and in India, will use this forum for exchange of views & ideas and to explore business opportunities.

While Global integration is a key purpose of the GMS 2012, the 11th edition of the IMME 2012 will showcase latest technologies from more than 230 companies from across the world in the sector and provide an ideal platform for collaborations, technology transfer and networking opportunities.

"This is a defining event for India's Mining Sector at a time when companies in the country are seeking closer collaborations with other countries," said V K Arora, Chairman, CII Mining Construction Equipment Division.

"As India seeks inclusive and sustainable paths to progress, the IMME 2012 will showcase the best of Indian goods and services for the mining sector, placing it on the global mining map," said Arora, who is also the President of KCT Coal Services.

"These two events are also an attempt by CII to address a host of issues to create a strong mining sector in India. The issues include the need for introducing state-of-the-art technology in the processes and equipment and also to promote a dedicated skill set through training and skill development," he said.

Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, said, "The 11th International Mining and Machinery Exhibition is the largest mining and coal centric event in India. This year the response to the exhibition has been encouraging with over 230 exhibitors from India and abroad. IMME 2012 also has exclusive country pavilions from USA, Australia, China, Czech Republic, Germany a, Poland and the UK."

"The show is expected to attract over 9,000 business visitors and will be a landmark event taking place in Kolkata, India. We expect a very good participation from companies engaged in mining, processing, exploration, equipment manufacturers, mining Institutes and practitioners of mining technologies to attend the exhibition and summit," Banerjee added.

Notably, India, which has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies, is being seen as an attractive market for leading companies in the mining and minerals sector across the world.

It is in this context the participation of developed countries such as the USA, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Argentina, etc., in GMS 2012 and IMME 2012 is very important.

USA and Australia are the Partner and Focus Countries respectively.

A global Buyer-Seller Meet between leading Indian mining companies and mining construction equipment manufacturers will be organized to facilitate deeper interactions.

There will also be presentations from major Indian companies on their future plans and requirements from equipment manufacturers.

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