The ECOWAS Commission Forum is back in September.

The 3rd ECOWAS Mining & Petroleum Forum will happen in Niamey, Republic of Niger, on 14 – 16 September 2021     The city of Niamey, in Niger, will be the main stage of ECOMOF 2021 – the 3rd ECOWAS Mining & Petroleum Forum, taking place on 14 – 16 September 2021, at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Conference Center, Niamey. Under the theme "Integrating the Mining and Petroleum Industries in the development of Regional Value Chains", the 3rd edition of ECOMOF is organised by the ECOWAS Commission, the Government of the Republic of Niger and AME Trade.   The event is one of the largest mining events in West Africa and brings together the highest-ranking government delegations from the fifteen ECOWAS West African Member States which includes: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. The last edition of the event happened in 2018 in Cote d’Ivoire and welcomed 2000+ visitors, 550+ participants, 51 speakers and 59 exhibitors from 29 countries.   Why Niger in 2021? Niger’s economy is rapidly developing as the GDP growth was estimated at 6.2% in 2019 and is expected to rise 6.5% in 2020. Niger’s economy is in strong growing development as it aims to diversify the mineral production, extend its investor base, develop infrastructures and place the country as a friendly market for investments in Mining and Petroleum. ECOMOF 2021 is the first international mining event in the country and represents a unique opportunity to seal new business deals.   ECOMOF New Features The 2021 edition include a 3-day conference, a pre-conference training, a co-located trade exhibition, a packed social and networking programme and a post-event industry and socio-cultural tours. ECOMOF 2021 also brings new features such as: a B2B area with a new meeting mobile application and the ECOWAS mining data room to present new projects for investors.   The event gathers the key public and private sector decision makers in the West African mining and petroleum industries. The delegates attending ECOMOF 2021 will have the unique opportunity to: Gain knowledge by attending a variety of conference sessions, workshops and roundtables, with industry experts; Develop their Network as ECOMOF creates a favourable environment to B2B development; Access in first hand the latest technologies, products and services for the mining and petroleum sectors in West Africa; Have the unique opportunity of showcase their products and services at a regional level; Strengthen and develop new linkages between all sections of the mining and petroleum supply chain.   ECOMOF 2021 conference will promote and develop the mining and oil potentials of Member states; Ensure the socio-economic integration of the West African region; Harmonise legal, regulatory and taxation instruments; catalyse and develop artisanal and small-scale mining; Establish, develop and organize geological, mining and oil databases for Member States; Develop human resources and create a network of experts; Use the mining and petroleum industries to develop community infrastructure; Add value to mining and petroleum products and strengthen trade in these products; Promote corporate social responsibility and increase stakeholders’ awareness of the development issues of their local communities.