Message from the Director
The IGF continues to process dozens of requests for assistance from member governments, stemming from October’s successful Annual General Meeting. Please mark your calendars for our next AGM, which will be held October 16–20, 2017, in Geneva at the Palais des Nations.
We are pleased to report that Ecuador became the IGF’s 57th member state at a press conference announcement during the annual conference of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada in Toronto.
We recently released IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Senegal. Reports for Suriname, Mongolia, Mauritania and Rwanda will be released in the coming months.
The IGF is also supporting, upon request, the development of a regional mining code for the East African Community. This law is expected to be adopted by the East African Legislative Assembly later this year.
Please see below for additional highlights of our activities.
Greg Radford, Director, IGF Secretariat
Ecuador becomes 57th member of IGF
Ecuador’s Minister of Mining held a press conference during the annual conference of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada to announce his nation was joining the IGF.
“Recent revisions to our mining and tax policies have helped Ecuador attract major investments, and we anticipate the sector will grow significantly in the coming years,” said H.E. Javier Córdova, Minister of Mining for the Republic of Ecuador.
“The IGF will help us to manage the sector responsibly. We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded nations and to learn from their experiences.”
Read the press release here:
IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Senegal
Senegal is in the process of revising its laws and asked for assistance from the IGF in identifying areas for improvement.
Our assessment team found that the country’s existing laws and policies provide a strong foundation for mining to help underpin the country’s continued development progress, including: a clear and transparent permitting process, a competitive mix of revenue-generating mechanisms, significant capacity to negotiate mining agreements, mine closure planning that requires financial assurances, and good progress on developing ways of addressing informal artisanal and small-scale mining.
Read the press release here.
Mark Your Calendars for our 13th Annual General Meeting
“Exceptional networking opportunities and insights into complex interlaced factors impacting host country governments.”
We hope you will be able to join us in Geneva for the IGF’s 13th Annual General Meeting, which will convene October 16–20, 2017. We are working hard to build on the success of last year’s meeting and to deliver an even more engaging program this year.
The AGM is a unique opportunity to engage with government officials and representatives from industry, civil society and academia.
We will be providing more information about the program in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, please read why delegates said they plan to come back in our survey, You may also peruse our dedicated 2016 AGM event page to review conference materials.
Desert Gold Rush: Mauritanian MPF assessment tackles artisanal small-scale mining
Mauritania was overwhelmed by a gold rush that sent 20,000 artisanal small-scale miners into the desert in 2016. With little training and no environmental or health safeguards, the miners began digging on lands adjacent to and overlapping with existing mining titles, generating tensions with those operating legally in the area. The IGF is working with the government to see how we might support domestic efforts to formalize ASM and deal with future ASM challenges.
Read our field report here.
Regional Mining Code for East African Community
The IGF is supporting, upon request, the development of a regional mining code for the East African Community (EAC). This law is expected to be adopted by the East African Legislative Assembly later this year, and would then become applicable to the five EAC member states: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. This work moved forward with a validation session held March 2–4, 2017 in Kigali to review the draft and prepare for public hearings. More information will be provided as the process develops.