Bill Johnston to visit Africa’s leading mining conference.

Mines and Petroleum Minister, Bill Johnston, is travelling to South Africa tomorrow to present at the Indaba 2018 Mining and Investment conference, promoting Western Australia’s world-class mining and technology services.

On behalf of the McGowan Government, Mr Johnston will sign a five year extension of our State’s Memorandum of Understanding with Secretary General, Sindiso Ngwenya, from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.

The Minister will also promote investment opportunities in WA, our State’s mining equipment and services, and world-class mining and resources education sector.

“I’ll be highlighting the technical skills and industry capacities that Western Australia has for the resources,” Mr Johnston said.

Education and training initiatives provided to African by the Department Mines, Industrial Regulation and Safety will continue be emphasised in the Memorandum of Understanding.

“We’re hoping the signing of the MoU will continue the upskilling of government agencies in Africa that is very important to help provide a stable investment environment,” he said.

The Department Mines, Industrial Regulation and Safety have previously held workshops in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe.

Out of the 134 ASX-listed companies operating in Africa, 92 are based in Western Australia and are developing 231 projects in 29 African countries.

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