This was one of the outcomes desired from a two-day meeting in Kigali, Rwanda in May, hosted by the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) and the African Union Commission (AUC). Discussions took place under the theme: “Leveraging the role of Chambers of Mines and Mining Associations in the implementation of the African Mining Vision.”
Formally adopted by African heads of state in 2009, the AMV outlines the roadmap to the transparent, equitable and optimal exploitation of mineral resources to underpin broad-based sustainable growth and socio-economic development in Africa.
Jean Malic Kalima, chairman of the Rwanda Mining Association, acknowledged the difficulties faced by the sector given the commodity price slump. However, he went on to say, “by collaborating with partners in government, the private sector and other institutions, Rwanda Mining Association is establishing initiatives to bolster value addition and improve the sector as a whole.”
He encouraged other private sector entities to come on board.
Frank Mugyenyi, African Union senior industry adviser for Trade and Industry told attendees, “we must shift the paradigm of development so that it is underlined by industrialization that leads to inclusive growth and sustainable economic development.”
The meeting concluded with agreement on the AMV compact with the private sector by the attendees involved, who came from over 15 African countries and 30 private sector institutions.