Con­fer­ence point­ers

What to look out for, where to go and other im­prove­ments

Finweek English Edition - - Mining indaba -

THE EX­PEC­TA­TION IS that 3 500 del­e­gates will at­tend this year’s Ind­aba Min­ing Con­fer­ence, up from the 3 000 of last year. That im­prove­ment re­flects the grow­ing in­ter­est in re­sources world­wide. Con­fer­ence di­rec­tor Tim Wood says this year’s event will be “fun­da­men­tally dif­fer­ent” by dint of a num­ber of lo­gis­ti­cal im­prove­ments – one of which will be a re­vamp of the floor space. “Gone is the crush of last year. It’ll be eas­ier to get around,” Wood says.

An­other is a mes­sag­ing sys­tem al­low­ing del­e­gates to ar­range meet­ings in private at Cape Town’s In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, which is again the venue for Ind­aba 2007. Wood says 300 meet­ings have al­ready been ar­ranged.

By log­ging in a se­cret code into the mes­sag­ing sys­tem, con­fer­ence del­e­gates can con­tact each other us­ing the con­fer­ence or­gan­iser as the medium. “Prior to that it was dif­fi­cult ar­rang­ing meet­ings,” says Wood.

The me­dia have been al­lo­cated a sound­proof room at the back of the con­fer­ence venue, al­low­ing re­porters to func­tion with­out dis­turb­ing pre­sen­ta­tions, which will be aired from a sin­gle room this year. Sound could also be piped into the press fa­cil­ity, Wood says.

“We ex­pect the big­gest me­dia at­ten­dance ever, in­clud­ing the BBC and CNN. The Econ­o­mist is at­tend­ing for the first time and all the wire ser­vices will be there. It’s quite a big out­reach pro­gramme.”

In­ter­net ser­vices in a WiFi hotspot area will be lo­cated on the top floor and se­cu­ri­ties and met­als prices will also be pro­vided live.

“The ho­tels were sold out in Novem­ber – the first time that’s hap­pened,” says Wood.

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