Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 19 December 2011 – African Union (AU) ministers have adopted a declaration of intent to implement their Africa Mining Vision into Action.
Rwanda daily “The New Times” reports that this was the final result of the second African Union ministerial conference on a sustainable future for Africa’s extractive industry, held in the Ethiopian capital. The Africa Mining Vision proposes a number of ways in which mineral resource development can be implemented on a country-by-country basis.
Speaking at the end of the forum, Ethiopian minister for mines Sinkinesh Ejigu urged Africa’s development partners to play a key role helping overcome the challenges confronting the mining sector. “In order to implement this vision, we need to create a transparent, equitable exploitation of mineral resources to underpin broad-based sustainable growth and socio-economic development," she asserted.
Ejigu stated that much effort was needed among African countries to turn the mining vision into action and to develop a competitive African mineral industry.
Mali minister of mines Amadou Cisse stressed that the Africa Mining Vision action plan was a continental tool for guiding the prudent, transparent and efficient development and management of the continent’s mineral resources.
Charles Twayigize, the mines registrar at the Rwanda Natural Mineral Resources Authority, described the vision as a vital tool to improve the mining industry throughout Africa.
The conference brought together mining ministers from several countries, including; Algeria, the DRC, Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia, as well as senior officials from more than 29 African countries. Also in attendance were representatives from the regional economic communities, development partners in the mining industry, academics and specialists in the sector.
Australia, the World Bank, Canada, Sweden and the European Union expressed commitment to support the continent’s mining vision and action plan.