Rwanda will host the 59th Annual General Assembly of the Tantalum-Niobium due to take place from Sunday October 14th to 17th, 2018, in Kigali.
The conference will discuss technological developments in tantalum and niobium applications, key factors affecting tantalum and niobium consumption in its core markets and legalities ahead of the EU’s conflict mineral regulation coming into force in January 2020.
This year’s event will be attended by all relevant global players and among the highlights will be the Annual General Meeting (AGM), Technical Sessions for technical presentations, a visit to a working artisanal tantalite mine, site seeing tours and the welcome cocktails.
RMB Chief Executive Officer, Francis Gatare said that; “We are delighted to have this conference in Rwanda. It comes in the time we are carrying out transformational change in the mining sector.”
He added that this is an opportunity to show investors in the mining sector that Rwanda is open to investments that would lead to professional exploration and mining to boost productivity of tantalum and other minerals in the country.
Rwanda is among the top producers of tantalum ore; producing more than 60% of the needed quantity onto the global market.
Tantalum products are used in electronics including; cell phones, computers, automotive electronics, jet engine components, and nuclear reactors.
Rwanda’s tantalum ore is exported to external buyers, over 2,000 tons were produced and exported between July 2017 and June 2018.
Most of the Rwanda’s tantalum is mined in a mixture form with cassiterite-a tin ore.
However, most of this tantalum is obtained after carrying out separation of coltan from cassiterite (tin). In 2018, tantalum production is expected to exceed 2,500 tons.