Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 October 2010

Validation Workshop to Review the International Study Group’s (ISG) Draft Framework Report on Africa’s Mineral Regimes

 


 

 

Validation Workshop to Review the International Study Group’s (ISG) Draft Framework Report on Africa’s Mineral Regimes

 

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 19, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Invitation to representatives of the media

 

WHEN:                                  20th to 22nd October, 2010

 

 

WHERE:                            Conference Center of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

 

WHO:                         Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the Infrastructure and Natural Resources Development Section of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

 

WHY:                         The two institutions observed that the benefits from the continent’s mining sector have continued to be incongruent with its well known mineral endowments and that the boom commodity prices of the time represented a unique opportunity for Africa to improve its pace of economic growth and address the intractable problem of poverty.

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Objectives:  –

The objective of the validation workshop, amongst others, is to bring together experts in African mining and natural resource development to review the Final Draft Framework Report of the first phase of the ISG work. The report will be later considered by the Second AU Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Mineral Resources Development prior to its submission to the Heads of States and Government Summit in 2011.

 

 
 

Expected outcomes:

 

The main outputs of the validation workshop will be:-

A refined and final version of the ISG framework report to be presented at the Second AU Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Mineral Resources Development; and

Guidelines and policy options for the plan of action of the African Mining Vision.

 

The expected outcomes include:-

Enhanced understanding of the AMV and its implications for African mineral development;

Improved understanding of opportunities available for African mining;

Understanding of the constraints preventing African mining contributions to the continent’s development; and

An appreciation of best practice and the key drivers of mineral based industrialization.

 

 

Participants:

 

Participants will be drawn from a broad spectrum of stakeholders including government officials in charge of mineral resources development from AU member States, the private sector, chambers of mines, NGOs and CSOs, AfDB and the World Bank.

 

Background:

                             
 

The International Study Group (ISG) to review Africa’s mineral regimes was established pursuant to the recommendation from the 2007 Big Table on “Managing Africa’s Natural Resources for Growth and Poverty Reduction” and started its work in October of the same year, under UNECA’s leadership and financial support. The main objective of the ISG is to explore the extent to which Africa’s mineral regimes can be made to contribute to sustainable development, especially in terms of broad national and regional economic and social development goals. The ISG has been run in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and includes the African Development Bank (AfDB) in its membership.

 

The ISG was also part of the Technical Task Force which was jointly established by AUC and UNECA to formulate the African Mining Vision. This aims at ensuring transparent, equitable and optimal exploitation of mineral resources to underpin broad-based sustainable growth and socio-economic development through down-stream, up-stream and side-stream linkages. The Vision was considered and adopted by the First AU Conference of Ministers responsible for Mineral Resources Development and was adopted by the Twelfth AU Summit of Heads of States and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February 2009. It formally constitutes the basis for developing new development oriented mineral regimes by African member States and their Regional Economic Communities (RECs).

 

The ISG divided its work into two phases; the first was to develop a body of knowledge which would subsequently be used in a second phase, to develop future mineral regimes in Africa. The second phase under the AUC is an implementation phase and will run until 2012. The first phase is complete and the draft ISG Framework Report has been prepared. The draft report covers various aspects of Africa’s mineral regimes including: their historical context and weaknesses; the development of upstream and downstream linkages with other economic sectors; social and environmental impacts; corporate social responsibility issues; taxation and revenue management issues; contribution of the sector to poverty alleviation through artisanal and small scale mining and  generally ways in which newer and more development friendly mineral policies can turn mining into a vehicle for the sustainable development of mineral rich African countries. The report also covers international trends in trade and investment, as well as, demand and supply issues and their implications for African mineral development.

 

The draft report has been reviewed by various stakeholders and potential users in two validation workshops, with a view to improving its relevance and usefulness in reforming Africa’s mining sector. The workshops took place in Accra, Ghana and Kigali, Rwanda from 25-27 November 2009 and 2-4 December 2009, respectively. Both workshops had a broad range of stakeholder groups who welcomed the ISG initiative as long overdue. The discussions were animated and generated a very large volume of corrections and comments, which have been incorporated and the final draft Framework Report prepared.

 

The AUC and UNECA have accepted to jointly organize the validation workshop for stakeholders in 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to review this final Draft Report. The Report will then be presented to the Second AU Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Mineral Resources Development, which is scheduled to take place at the beginning of 2011. The report is expected to form the foundation on which to base templates, toolkits, guidelines and briefing notes to support African policy makers and government officials involved in formulating, implementation and monitoring mineral development regimes and other stakeholders. This makes it imperative for the intended beneficiaries to review the draft report for completeness and relevance to their mineral development plans.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


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