“The greatest strength IGF has is the ability to connect people from different backgrounds, such as government, academia, mining companies, industry associations and civil society, to engage one another for the good stewardship of the environment and their economies.”
—Dr. Harmony Musiyarira
AGM 2017 Survey Results
We are pleased to report 91 per cent of respondents said the IGF’s 13th Annual General Meeting (AGM) succeeded in fostering dialogue and building capacity through an engaging program. That is up 13 points from last year’s AGM. Not a single respondent said we failed to foster dialogue and build capacity. Nine per cent of respondents said we succeeded “somewhat” in creating an engaging program.
The IGF Secretariat is grateful to delegates who took the time to share their opinions on how we can continue to improve this valuable conference. If you have any further comments or suggestions, please contact us at IGF-Secretariat@IGFMining.org.
We also invite you to explore the 2017 AGM event page, where you will find presentation materials, meeting reports and photos. We hope this site serves as a valuable resource for both delegates and those who were unable to attend.
Networking is a critical component of achieving our goal of fostering a global dialogue. IGF’s 13th AGM succeeded in achieving this purpose: 84 per cent of survey respondents said they encountered four or more people they would like to connect with in the future, an increase of five points from last year’s meeting. Sixteen per cent of respondents also said they would like to connect with one to three people they met at this year’s meeting.
“The greatest strength is networking with over 60 different countries.”
—Dr. M. H. Basiri
“IGF represents a global assemblage of minds to foster meaningful conversation around the mining sector that helps its members tackle critical challenges at the national level.”
—Godfrey Scott, Government Representative, Guyana
We received quite a bit of feedback on this year’s presentations: 85 per cent of respondents expressed how valuable the sessions were, while 13 per cent ranked presentations as “somewhat valuable.” Multiple respondents highlighted the practicality of the sessions, particularly those presenting the latest tools, research and case studies. The integration of local content into presentations was also received positively. Based on respondents’ feedback, maintaining a variety of topics is key to ensuring the needs of participants are met.
Many respondents made particular note of the Women in ASM session, with one delegate remarking this session “really made the difference.”
Other respondents noted the need for more time allotted to open discussion and question periods at the end of presentations to assist in fostering dialogue.
We encourage you to visit our conference documents page to access presentations and other related documents.
“IGF platform has provided an avenue for me to learn from other member countries the most simplest route of managing and other mining related components like supply chains, environmental management, taxation and share knowledge of its applicability in my country.”
—Yunusa Mohammed, Deputy Director, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Nigeria
IGF’s AGM is a place to share innovative ideas, collaborate and learn: 91 per cent of survey respondents said they came away with new ideas for how mining can contribute to sustainable development and most are already working to implement them.
“IGF is a platform to enable participants from various countries to share experiences and learn from each other. One of the greatest strengths of the IGF is the assembling of people from diverse backgrounds both technically and academically for them to share ideas.”
—Orlands Kofi Tetteh, Head of Small Scale Mining and Industrial Minerals, Ghana’s Minerals Commission
“IGF is really a good place to share lessons learnt and innovative ideas about the challenges of mineral resources contributions to the SDGs.”
—Researcher from Central Africa
Why Come Back?
“IGF represents the central hub of policy sourcing in resource development and utilization. Here is the venue where all the issues and concerns are discussed in details where possible solutions are laid and discussed.”
—Engr. Larry Heradez, Chief of Mining Tenement Management Division of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau
“The greatest strength of the IGF is the ability to bring together high level, experienced experts where meaningful interactions and dialogue can occur, and relationships are forged that continue after the annual meetings. The annual meetings improve year on year.”
“IGF has provided a platform for discussing, sharing experiences, networking with all continents, and capacity building in mining related topics.”
—Gabriel Data, Uganda
“IGF offers a dynamic platform for sharing practical country experiences and strengthening partnerships that advance more sustainable and inclusive mining.”
—Tim Scott, UNDP
“The IGF is one of the few global dialogue spaces for experts and mining ministry officials to come together at the working-level to grapple with key sustainability challenges in mining and identify practical solutions for achieving stronger development results from the sector.”
“It is a rare platform that government stakeholders get to share and engage in peer learning and exchange.”
—Patience Singo, Impact, Uganda