Message from the Director
Please accept our best wishes for the New Year, and our thanks to all those who have contributed to the IGF’s success in 2016.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you again in South Africa next month, where the IGF will be hosting the INDABA 2017 Sustainability Roundtables.
We have already begun planning the 2017 Annual General Meeting and are grateful to those who shared their opinions about how we can improve this valuable conference. You may view the results of the 2016 AGM survey here.
We were pleased with the success of the 12th Annual General Meeting at UNCTAD’s Palais des Nation in October. Member engagement was very strong: 36 countries responded with requests for assessment and capacity building services.
Meanwhile, our Secretariat outreach work is accelerating: Liberia has formally become the IGF’s 56th member government and five other nations have requested membership packages.
This newsletter introduces a guest column feature as part of a broader effort to to help our members keep track of important developments in the field. The first guest column is by Martin Lokanc of the World Bank introducing the MInGov tool.
You may e-mail news@IGFMining.org with suggestions for other topics of interest or ways in which we can improve our communications efforts.
Please see below for more details of our activities.
Greg Radford, Director, IGF Secretariat
INDABA 2017 Sustainability Round Tables
Each round table will be moderated by a regional or international specialist with expertise on topics such as: managing ASM zones; ASM formalization; mine closure; extracting value from waste; mining policy and legal reforms; the social license to operate; local content; and resource-based industrialization.
Read more and find out how to register here:
IGF is the global gateway for sustainable development of the mining sector. Your greatest strength is cooperation and coordination.”
– Kyaw Thet, government representative for Myanmar
We are pleased to report that delegates to the IGF’s 12th Annual General Meeting declared it a success. When asked if we achieved the conference goal of fostering dialogue and building capacity 78 per cent of survey respondents said it was an engaging program. Only one respondents answered “not really” while the remaining 20 per cent answered “somewhat.” Read more here:
Guest Column: Introducing the World Bank’s MInGov tool
MInGov is a newly developed tool that comprehensively analyzes a country’s mining sector and its context, and identifies sector governance strengths and weaknesses. It pinpoints in detail where the sector is not functioning as it should.
Once a MInGov diagnostic has been produced, it can form the basis for sector reforms that bring about a more vibrant mining sector—one that significantly contributes to sustainable development and prosperity for the entire population. It also helps to facilitate the flow of investment by providing a fact-based, impartial view of investment attractiveness.
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IGF welcomes Liberia as 56th member
“We are pleased to welcome Liberia as the IGF’s 56th member,” IGF Director Greg Radford said in a press release.
“Every nation which joins the Forum brings a unique perspective and adds depth to the dialogue. We look forward to Liberia’s participation and applaud their commitment to leveraging mining for sustainable development.”
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Socioeconomic Benefit Optimization in Mongolia: The Gobi Oyu Development Support Fund
Field visits are a critical part of the Mining Policy Framework Assessment process because they give IGF analysts the opportunity to meet with key actors and stakeholders and to see first-hand how the sector operates.
While in Mongolia, the assessment team encountered an excellent example of a practical mechanism for maximizing the socioeconomic benefits of mining.
The Gobi Oyu Development Support Fund was established as a result of a cooperation agreement reached between Oyu Tolgoi LLC (OT)—a major copper-gold mine in the Ömnögovi Province—and local communities.
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