Message from the Secretariat
The IGF is pleased to announce the launch of its 2017 Annual Report, which we invite you to read online.
The IGF recently co-hosted its Sustainability Forum with the World Bank, World Economic Forum and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) on the sidelines of the PDAC convention, focusing on minerals and metals in a low-carbon economy. At the forum, 130 participants discussed mineral and metal demand, implications for resource-rich countries, clean technology, innovation, carbon footprints and responsible supply chains in interactive roundtables.
The IGF also released Innovation in Mining: Report to the 2018 International Mines Ministers Summit (IMMS) during PDAC. The report presents best practice case studies and highlights the pressing need for innovation in mining, as well as the social and environmental benefits of innovation.
IGF team members recently delivered a successful artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) capacity-building workshop in Cameroon for 17 African countries on how to implement IGF’s Guidance for Governments on managing ASM. The IGF will provide similar training for its members in Latin American and the Caribbean later in 2018.
Please see below for additional highlights.
Greg Radford, IGF Director
IGF Annual Report
The IGF is pleased to announce the launch of its 2017 Annual Report, which highlights successes throughout the year including seven new members, six regional workshops, 11 training workshops, new global partnerships, our 13th Annual General Meeting and more. We invite you to read the report online.
IGF at Indaba
The IGF was at Investing in African Mining Indaba from February 5 to 7 in Cape Town, South Africa. Our side event on the hidden cost of tax incentives was a success, with many government officials in attendance. We presented guidance for governments on how to anticipate and limit the cost of mining tax incentives and explored a broader program to design mining sector-specific solutions to some of the most pressing tax base erosion and profit shifting challenges facing resource-rich developing countries.
We also hosted our annual sustainability event that focused on local content policies, featuring parallel interactive round tables where over 100 people discussed defining local content, building supplier capacity, skills development, economic diversification, different policy options and the impact of new technologies. We also launched a draft of our Guidance for Governments on local content policies, which is expected to be finalized in late April.
Why We Should Foster Economic Independence for Women in ASM
International Women’s Day was March 8, and the IGF took the opportunity to highlight why we should foster economic independence for women in ASM. With an estimated 40 million people working directly in the sector, and an additional 150 million dependent on it, women represent a large percentage of the ASM workforce. Our column with Levin Sources highlights how the ASM sector can support gender equality and equity, spurring social transformations. Read it online today.
ASM Capacity Building in West Africa
IGF team members were in Cameroon from February 26 to March 1 providing over 40 government representatives from 17 African countries training on how to implement IGF’s Guidance for Governments on managing ASM. Co-hosted with the Government of Cameroon’s Ministry of Mines, Industry and Technological Development and the APC-EU Development Minerals Program, this interactive workshop walked participants through the three phases of the guidance as they worked collaboratively to design ASM management strategies and implementation plans.
How Clean Innovation Is Benefitting the Mining Sector
Innovation does not come easily to the mining sector. In an already conservative business, the costs and risks of true innovation can be hard to justify. However, with companies needing to address inefficiencies in their operations to stay competitive, while ensuring they maintain their social license to operate, it is clear there is a pressing need for innovation in mining. We explore how clean innovation is benefitting the mining sector in our column, which you can read online.
Minerals in the Green Economy: Solar panels and lithium-ion batteries
In this guest column from Levin Sources, we explore one of the most prominent low-carbon technologies: solar photovoltaic (PV), the conversion of sunlight into electricity. Discover how increased investment in solar PV brings demand for minerals in the technology, and its social and environmental impact, by reading the column today.