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Virtual (platform TBD)
February 1, 2023 9:00 AM - February 2, 2023 12:45 PM (CST)
Event Details

It is a two day virtual event - see agenda below.

Join Barrick Gold, the Canada-Mali Chamber of Commerce, SIMSA, and the MSTA to learn about the multi-billion dollar opportunity that is the West African Mining Industry!  Look to “Needs of the West African Mining Industry” section below see if your products and services are in need.

SIMSA has been approached to help foster partner development between the experienced Saskatchewan mining supply chain and those in the Republic of Malia, Burkina Fasso, and Guinea. The goal is to provide improved products and services to the West African Mining industry.

There is a full list of potential West African partner companies HERE as there are policies in West Africa that mandate localization spend. Due to these policies, it can be beneficial to work through local partnerships. Please see the attached for the summaries of the companies looking for partnerships in West Africa. These companies are looking to work with Canadian companies in order to expand their ability to meet the localization demand and improve the quality of their goods and services.

SIMSA will facilitate B2B meetings on day 2 (February 2nd) of the event, between 8:50 AM and 11:45 AM. Please note that while French language is considered an asset, translation services will be provided by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.

Please contact the James Bulmer ( if you would like to arrange a meeting on February 2nd, or day 2 of the event.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

8:00 a.m.

Introduction of participants

8:35 a.m.

Introduction to the mining sector of Mali, Burkina-Faso, and Guinea, their markets, perspectives and major players

By Mr. Issa Coulibaly Technical Advisor at the Ministry of Mines, energy and water of Mali

By Mr. Gideon Lambiv, Chief Economist of the Northern Territories

9:25 a.m.

Overview of the West African Mining Industry, Goods and Services Supply Business, Opportunities and Needs

By Barrick Gold Corporation and by;

Mr. Saifoulaye Baldé, Executive Director of Guinea Subcontracting and Partnerships stock exchange

10:00 a.m.

Overview of Canadian and Saskatchewan procurement of goods and services to the industry of mine

10:30 a.m.

Government programs for suppliers and Canadian Companies

By Kim Brown, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

11:00 a.m.


Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

8:00 a.m.

Opening of the B2B forum

8:05 a.m.

How to do business in West Africa

By Mr. Ernest Akpoué Canada Embassy to Mali Trade Commissioner

8:20 a.m.

Expectations of West African suppliers of goods and services to mines

By Mr. Alin KAMBOU, President of the Commission in charge of the promotion of services within the Alliance of Burkinabe Suppliers of Mining Goods and Services "ABSM", entrepreneur

8:35 a.m.

Expectations of Canadian and Saskatchewan suppliers of goods and services to mines from West African suppliers

8:50 a.m.

B2B sessions

11:45 p.m.


Needs of the West African Mining Industry



  • Resource Exploration and Evaluation Services
  • Grade control
  • Environmental services
  • Feasibility studies
  • Engineering and building
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Engineering
  • Maintenance
  • Staff management

Building materials

  • Steels
  • Simple tools
  • Cements
  • Ore mining and crushing

Heavy equipment

  • Machinery, excavators loading, crushing, grinding, processing/preparation, ventilation, pumping; pumps, pipelines, fuel storage and distribution system
  • Drill and equipment
  • Electronic equipment
  • Electrical equipment



  • Explosives and accessories
  • Supports, Props
  • Lime
  • Cements
  • Grinding balls
  • Cyanide and other reagents and chemicals
  • Other Building Materials
  • Spare parts


Basic utilities and services

  • Fuels and others
  • Energies
  • Water and water-related services, sanitation
  • Telecommunication
  • Support services and equipment
  • Non-specific on-site services

Supply chain support services

  • Legal, regulation and negotiation services, financial services
  • Uniforms, security, personal protection
  • Training, health, etc.
  • Office supplies and equipment
  • FMCG, Other Consumables


Additional Information
Event Contact:
Keri Beebe
Contact Organization:
Saskatchewan Industrial & Mining Suppliers Association | SIMSA
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