Updated: Sep 2, 2019
Perth Known as Australia’s mining capital, what better place to host Africa Down Under, than the city hosting a large majority of Australia’s mining companies and located just a stone throw away from several mine sites where everything happens.
Perth is a living picture postcard, situated beside the Swan River, with the best views of all from Kings Park and Botanic Garden which is one of the biggest inner-city parks in the world. Free bus services within the CBD mean you can easily visit museums, art galleries, retail outlets, bars, restaurants and cafes and the Perth Mint – home to the world’s greatest collection of gold bars.
Africa Down Under (ADU) continues to deliver the leading forum for Australia-Africa business relations. While the conference was introduced to raise awareness of Australia’s interests in African mining and energy, ADU has grown to become the largest African-focused mining event held outside the continent itself, and its importance continues to be reflected in the number of high profile attendees we welcome year after year to Perth – Australia’s gateway to Africa, and Australia’s undisputed mining capital.
Since the inaugural conference in 2003 ADU has assembled the best success stories from across Africa, and continues to demystify the notion that doing business in Africa is “too hard”. ADU has since become the MUST ATTEND event for those planning to invest in projects in Africa, who already have projects in Africa; or those interested in doing business in Africa.
In addition to creating a melting pot for pro Africa-Australia relations, ADU forms the principal pillar of “Africa Week”, Australia’s week long celebration of the strong and growing business, social and cultural ties between Australia and the entire African continent. “Africa Week” comprises a full week of satellite events on research, education, infrastructure, sustainable development, capacity building, energy, movies and the arts.
ADU 2018 was a sell-out event with 72 presentations and panel discussions on the main stage; ministerial and senior government delegations from 16 African countries; 90 exhibition booths spread across the venue; over 30 side events during the week; and a record number of investor meetings held in our meeting lounge – “MANDJAR” or “Meeting Place”.
More than 1400 delegates attended the three day event which reflects the continuing upturn in activity across Africa, and an increasing awareness by investors about the potential of many African countries as resources destinations. This remarkable participation is indicative of the resurgence of a sector buoyed by positive momentum in market conditions and commodity prices. Resources stories from across the continent have continued to build momentum, in many cases overcoming both geopolitical and security challenges. ADU provides a platform for new entrants, including private companies, project vendors and investors eager to get in on the ground floor of the next African resources boom.
One of the key factors in the success of ADU has been the continued strong support of African and Australian government representatives. ADU has become a must-attend event for government delegations and senior ranking officials looking to enhance their respective sectors through high level interactions with key players responsible for driving development of the mining sector across Africa.
ADU attracts extensive media coverage across Australia, Africa and the global financial markets in Europe, Asia and North America, with more than 40 media representatives attending ADU 2018.
Conference on 4-6 September 2019 for the 17th edition of ADU, when Perth once again asserts its position as a global capital for African mining, as well as the driving force of Australian-African relations.
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