Mining & Business: Costas Coursaris, tell us about KBM
Costas Coursaris: KBM is a business fair held in Lubumbashi. Its premise is to promote the Congolese economy by giving access to DRC economic actors. This international exchange platform offers a combination of lunches, workshops, seminars and cocktails to create a wide range of business opportunities. There are several sectors present and together they form the mining sub-contracting network.
Our goal is to encourage sub-contracting and favour new local partners. Mines are the core of our country’s current economic boom while agriculture, tourism, power and other resources are still being under used. We need sizeable investment to compensate - investment that can be addressed via the KBM platform.
M&B: Where did the idea first come from?
CC: Musal SARL has been operating in the communications sector since 2008 and our address book is extensive. Through being involved in some of our clients’ marketing strategies we noticed that many Congolese companies were participating in overseas events. The logical step was to create a forum in the DRC and our company has the right profile to rise to the challenge.
M&B: What difficulties have you faced?
CC: Firstly, to start any project it takes a period of analysis and studies that are not easy to gauge. But with the economy still heavily concentrated on the mining sector it was essential that they were involved and included. 85% of exhibitors want to present their mining products and services. Over 30 foreign participants are looking for opportunities in this booming sector.
M&B: Where do you see KBM placed against other existing fairs in the future?
CC: Having just finished the second fair, it is still too early to see how things will shape out but given the scale of the first events it is possible to imagine it becoming a leading international fair in Central Africa.
M&B: What inspires you in your professional and personal life?
CC: InnovationCC : L’innovation