The ongoing global mining industry downturn has forced organisers of the inaugural Sumatra Miner conference and exhibition to further postpone the three-day event to 2014. However, as a prelude to the main event, a one-day exhibition and conference will be held in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Tuesday, November 19.

The three-day event was originally scheduled for September but was postponed to November owing to the scheduling of a major sporting event in Palembang at the same time.

The downturn has hit Indonesia’s burgeoning mining industry hard and it is, therefore, important that the industry prepares now for the better times that are ahead. The one-day prelude event will feature many of the exhibitors and a number of speakers who confirmed their involvement in the original Sumatra Miner event, along with a special provincial government presentation and panel.

The event will be held at the Aryaduta Hotel in Palembang and is being organised by Mining Media International, publishers of The ASIA Miner and Coal Age Indonesia magazines. It will also be held in conjunction with a meeting of Coal Club Indonesia at the same venue on the evening of November 19.

Registration for the prelude begins at 9am with the exhibition opening at 10am. The first conference session will run from 10am to noon with a second session from 1pm to 3pm and the South Sumatra government session from 3.30 to 5.30pm.

The prelude and subsequent Sumatra Miner next year will examine the mining industry in Sumatra, focusing primarily on coal but also including other resources such as gold and copper. It will also look at plans to provide more infrastructure in South Sumatra to benefit the industry.

As the second largest producer of coal in Indonesia with a conservative estimate of 22.4 billion tonnes of coal and facing the prospect of further growth and development, Sumatra is well placed to play a much bigger role in Indonesia’s economy.

The one-day prelude and three-day Sumatra Miner next year will also play roles in ensuring Sumatra emerges from the current mining downturn in good shape.

Inquiries can be addressed to Dimas Abdillah at [email protected] or Lanita Idrus at [email protected]

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