The IGF Secretariat provides capacity-building training and workshops to member countries upon request.
We tailor our programs to the specific needs of member governments and are prepared to provide training on all aspects of mining policy.
We seek out local and regional experts to engage in the training sessions, which further helps to build regional capacity and ensures that the program reflects local perspectives and realities. We have also developed training partnerships in order to maximize the impact of our capacity-building resources.
Our training is informed by the Mining Policy Framework and is designed to be comprehensive. We examine the legal, social, political and economic aspects of mining policy.
We combine a theoretical and practical approach in presenting our training. Workshops on contract negotiations, for instance, will typically include mock negotiations to show how the theory discussed can be applied.
The IGF Secretariat has conducted a number of training sessions to date on the following topics:
- Artisanal/small-scale mining (ASM)
- Mine closure
- Social and economic benefit optimization
- Environmental management
- Fiscal management
- Mining contract negotiations: how to prepare, and how to negotiate in order to optimize socioeconomic benefits
- Dispute resolution and conflict prevention: both legal disputes and social conflict with communities
We are partnering with PanAfGeo to deliver training to African governments on managing ASM. The first of seven training session was held in Accra, Ghana, September 18–21, 2017. More than 40 representatives from Ghana and 11 representatives from the geological surveys in neighbouring countries attended the training.
The main aim of the workshop was to train staff from the Ghana Geological Survey Authority (GGSA), regulatory agencies and the universities involved in the ASM sector to strengthen their capacity to assist ASM operators in Ghana while providing regional perspectives. Particular emphasis was placed on how the knowledge and skills resources of the GGSA can be mobilized more actively in the service of ASM operators so as to ensure more profitable, efficient, environmentally friendly, safe and sustainable mining operations in Ghana.
More information is available on our project page.
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Mining Task Force
We are partnering with APEC’s Mining Task Force on the implementation of its mine closure checklist. The checklist will serve to assess the host government’s policy framework pertaining to mine closure, identify key issues to be addressed and develop a strategy to address identified issues based on international best practices.
APEC is in the process of developing the checklist, which will be presented in October 2017 at the IGF’s Annual General Meeting in Geneva.
More information is available in this partnership announcement.
IGF is partnering with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) to provide training to help African tax authorities address transfer mispricing in the mining sector. Workshops are being developed for the governments of Côte d’Ivoire in October 2017 and Liberia in February 2018.
This training will be based upon a new toolkit aimed at helping African tax authorities address transfer mispricing in the mining sector published by the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) with GIZ.
The Toolkit for Transfer Pricing Risk Assessment for the African Mining Industry (which will be released soon) helps to determine whether particular high-risk, related-party transactions should be selected for a transfer pricing audit. IGF was invited to be the toolkit’s official training partner.
More information is available on the tax base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project page.
Canadian International Resource Development Institute
We partnered with the Canadian International Resource Development Institute (CIRDI) to deliver training on mine closure in Suriname in June 2017. More than 45 participants from Suriname, Guyana, Jamaica and Dominican Republic attended the week-long workshop.