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SDIMI 2022 10th International Conference

Date 15 September 2022
- 17 September 2022
Location WINDHOEK COUNTRY CLUB & RESORT
Resources SDIMI 2022 Sponsorship Packages-22112021.pdf
SDIMI Annoucement-25112021.pdf

Welcome

Harmony Musiyarira 15112021

It is my pleasure to invite you to SDIMI (Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry) 2022, the 10th of a series of conferences whose objective is to assist the global mining and minerals industries in their transition to sustainable development. The conference will take place from (15-20 September 2022) in Windhoek and will run under the theme (Making Economies Great through Sustainable Mineral Development). This will be a hybrid conference entailing a real-time, face-to-face component as well as a virtual component.

As Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), we feel privileged to take the leading role in hosting SDIMI 2022. It is a more incredible honour and privilege for Namibia, as a nation, to host this conference, being hosted on African soil for the first time since the inaugural conference of 2003. Therefore, this conference is indeed historic and represents a key milestone. I believe the hospitality and warmth of the Namibian people will be ideal for this upcoming conference. Indeed, Namibia remains a leading example on the African continent in many recognised aspects.

A key challenge remains the ability of the minerals industry to meet the needs of a growing population without depriving future generations of the means to meet their own needs. We are faced with a highly consumptive population whose current needs might compromise future provisions. This is compounded by deepening environmental and social concerns, stringent supply chain procurement standards, as well as public pressure and regulatory measures that have profoundly transformed the mining industry's approach to doing business. As the intense call for sustainability comes to the fore, it can no longer be business as usual for the mining industry. It is our natural responsibility to ensure that future generations are not deprived of much-needed resources.

Namibia is a typical example in which the mining industry's ability to co-exist with other industries and operate in environmentally sensitive areas has been put to the test. The country hosts several uranium mining operations within the Namib-Naukluft National Park, making the mines extremely cautious of how they carry out their operations without compromising or disrupting the ecosystem. In the same vein, Namibia's offshore diamond industry is a leading example of how marine mining can be carried out sustainably without disrupting the marine ecosystem. Namibia is also a water and energy-stressed country with some mining operations relying on desalinated water from the South Atlantic Ocean. A thriving artisanal and small-scale mining sector that requires capacity and integration into the mainstream economy also forms part of the Namibian mining industry.

It is my hope that SDIMI 2022 will provide a platform for active discussion of these multiple and complex issues, putting them into perspective within a broader context in the various thematic areas.

I look forward to a great SDIMI 2022. I also wish to urge you to take the unique opportunity to explore and experience our wonderful Namibian hospitality and country during your stay. The wildlife in Namibia is rich and unique, and the magnificent Etosha National Park is well worth a visit. Namibia is home to the world's oldest desert and has the highest dunes in the world. Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and Lüderitz are notable coastal towns where the dunes meet the ocean.

We invite you to register from now on for the conference as well as for the technical visit. We recommend that you book your accommodation – in Windhoek – in advance; the demand for hotel rooms in the summer season is very high. However, the hotels mentioned on this website will have a special rate for the conference attendees.

Prof. Harmony Musiyarira