With the global energy transition driving increased demand for key metals such as copper and cobalt, Zijin Mining Group expects copper demand to grow to 7.2-million tonnes a year in 2030. During a keynote address on the first day of this year’s London Indaba, Zijin deputy president Shaoyang Shen pointed out that Africa is the second largest copper producing continent, with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia being among two of the top ten copper producing countries in the world.