Message from the Secretariat
September is a busy month for the IGF Secretariat as we prepare for the upcoming Annual General Meeting, continue to develop partnerships, and deliver Mining Policy Framework assessments and capacity-building workshops.
We hope you will be able to join us in Geneva October 16-20, 2017 for an engaging program and the opportunity to network with delegates from IGF’s 60 member nations, along with representatives from industry, academia and civil society. More information is available on the AGM event page. Space is limited, so please register now to secure your attendance at the IGF’s 13th Annual General Meeting.
We are pleased to announce two new partnerships that will allow us to increase the impact of our capacity-building resources. We are helping PanAfGeo to deliver training to African governments on managing artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM). We have also been selected by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) to provide training to help African tax authorities address transfer mispricing in the mining sector. More information is available on our capacity building and training page.
We recently released IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Rwanda and will be launching Mauritania’s assessment in the coming weeks. We are also processing a number of member requests for Mining Policy Framework assessments.
Please see below for additional highlights of our activities.
Still Time to Register for the 13th Annual General Meeting
Space is limited, so please register now to secure your space at the IGF’s 13th AGM.
The theme of this year’s meeting is Managing Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM). However, we will also be covering a wide range of other topics such as: tax base erosion and profit shifting; local content policies; mine closure; voluntary sustainability initiatives; and environmental impact assessment.
The AGM offers an excellent opportunity to engage with top experts in the field. UNDP, UN Environment, the African Development Bank and the African Tax Administration Forum will be launching reports on human rights, mine tailings, financial models, and tax avoidance.
More information is available on the 2017 AGM web page including testimonials from past delegates, background information on key topics, an invitation and welcome kits in English, French and Spanish to assist you with logistics.
IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Rwanda
Rwanda’s mining sector is an integral part of the country’s economic development and poverty-reduction strategy, an IGF assessment found.
Mining is the second-highest foreign exchange earner in Rwanda (after tourism), and is a key strategic sector expected to support the country’s Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS-2). Efforts are underway to formalize the sector—which is almost exclusively artisanal and small-scale mining—and to attract foreign investment.
“Our government is working to establish a clear and cohesive strategy to ensure that all stakeholders are working together to grow the mining sector for the betterment of our nation,” said Francis Gatare, Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum, and Gas Board.
“We are grateful to the IGF for this timely and insightful assessment, and we are looking forward to further collaboration.”
IGF Addresses Corporate Tax Avoidance in the Mining Industry
Developing countries lose more than USD 200 billion a year due to tax avoidance, according to the International Monetary Fund. The loss is particularly significant when you consider that developing countries rely twice as much as developed countries on corporate income tax as a share of tax revenue.
That is why the IGF Secretariat is collaborating with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to deliver the policy and administrative tools that developing country governments need to confront tax base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) in mining.
The IGF’s upcoming Annual General Meeting includes a day-long Technical Workshop on Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting on October 20, 2017 which will discuss these challenges.
We are also 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.For more information, please read this related blog, visit the tax base erosion and profit shifting project page and view the AGM technical workshop agenda.
PanAfGeo Partnership on ASM training
The IGF is partnering with PanAfGeo to deliver training to African governments on managing artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM).
PanAfGeo plays an important role in increasing the geological knowledge of African countries and is focused on helping governments improve estimates of their national mineral reserves in order to have a clearer view of potential revenues and increase bargaining power with mining firms. It is a collaboration between the EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) and its counterpart in Africa, the Organisation of African Geological Surveys (OAGS).
The IGF has provided financial support for PanAfGeo’s WP3 program, which aims to deliver seven regional training sessions in 2017–2019.
The first training session got underway in Accra, Ghana on September 18, 2017. More than 40 representatives from Ghana and 11 representatives from the geological surveys in neighbouring countries attended the training.
More information is available on the project page.
Mining Value Chain Optimization Workshop for UEMOA
Representatives from eight countries attended a week-long IGF workshop on mining value chain optimization organized by the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Burkina Faso’s Minister of Mining and a UEMOA commissioner led the opening session on September 18, 2017, which was attended by 32 participants.
The workshop covered a wide range of topics addressing how to optimize the financial benefits of mining including: the importance of regional collaboration, local content policies, the impact of mining automation, and how international treaties can restrict performance requirements.