Message from the Director
Please join us in welcoming Cambodia as the 59th member of the IGF. The continuous expansion of our membership is a testament to the IGF’s value and a growing recognition of the need to reform mining so that it contributes to sustainable development. We are grateful to member government representatives and other stakeholders for the engagement and support that make our Forum so constructive and impactful.
The IGF Secretariat continues to be active as we prepare for the upcoming Annual General Meeting and provide support to our members.
We published a Mining Policy Framework (MPF) Assessment for Mongolia, which was publicly launched in early July, and a meeting report from a capacity-building workshop delivered as part of the assessment process.
Our Mining Policy Framework (MPF) Assessment for Senegal was publicly launched during a capacity building workshop in mid July which was also attended by representatives from Mauritania.
We delivered a workshop in Mali for West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) member states on mining finance in early July.
Member governments have begun to implement recommendations from the IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing artisanal and small-scale mining. We are gratified to see that it is proving to be a useful tool for industry.
Secretariat staff also attended the Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre conference in Chile where we had the opportunity to engage with representatives from several countries in the region.
Please see below for additional highlights of our activities.
Greg Radford, Director, IGF Secretariat
Public launch of Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Mongolia
The Government of Mongolia expressed its commitment to reforming the mining sector and its engagement in the IGF assessment process by organizing a public launch of IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Mongolia on July 3, 2017.
The ministry is currently revising key areas of its legal framework for the mining industry, including the new Law on Mining. The launch provided a valuable opportunity to bring key stakeholders together to advance the government’s reform efforts and to deepen partnerships.
We hope you will also take a moment to peruse a meeting report from a capacity-building workshop delivered as part of the assessment process. More than 80 Mongolian participants from government, industry and civil society attended seminars that covered fiscal issues, mine closure policies and socioeconomic benefit optimization.
Public Launch of Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Senegal
More than 50 representatives from government, civil society and industry attended a public launch of the IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Senegal in Dakar on July 12, 2017.
The launch—held on the first day of a capacity building workshop—was an excellent opportunity for Senegal’s Ministry of Industry and Mines to engage with key stakeholders as it works to reform the sector. The implications of the assessment were discussed by the ministry’s cabinet director, the president of the chamber of mines, an elected official, and the president of a civil society coalition.
Government representatives from Mauritania also attended the capacity building workshop, which was focused on socioeconomic benefit optimization.
IGF Guidance on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: A Useful Tool for Industry
“This guidance has been sorely needed for a long time and it’s great to see it come to fruition.”
Anne-Marie Fleury, Director, Standards and Impacts, Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC)
Member governments have begun to implement recommendations from IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing artisanal and small-scale mining. We are gratified to see that it is proving to be a useful tool for industry.
Major industry groups—including the ICMM, LBMA, WGC, RJC, IRMA, TANB, CDI and RJC—endorsed the guidance, which has a number of key implications for the mining industry.
Cambodia becomes 59th IGF Member
The Government of Cambodia expressed its commitment to responsible governance of the mining sector by joining the IGF.
Every nation that joins the Forum brings a unique perspective and adds depth to the dialogue. We look forward to Cambodia’s participation and applaud their efforts to leverage mining for sustainable development.
UEMOA Workshop on the Economics of Mining
More than 30 participants from eight member states of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) attended an IGF/IISD workshop on the economics of mining in Bamako, Mali July 3-7, 2017.
The main objective of the training was to share knowledge on the fundamentals of mining economics to provide participants with the information, tools and techniques needed to negotiate, regulate and control mining operations to obtain a fair share of mining income in the UEMOA zone and optimize the economic benefits from the mining sector.
More information will soon be provided in a formal meeting report.
Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre
The IGF Secretariat attended Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre, a new conference focused on attracting foreign direct investment to the region that was held in Santiago, Chile July 11-12, 2017.
Chilean Minister of Mines Aurora Williams Baussa opened the conference, and senior officials from Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, South Africa and Peru also gave presentations. Leaders of major mining companies, fund managers and members of civil society were also among the featured speakers.
Sustainability was a key topic addressed through round table discussions among government officials, companies, community leaders and NGOs. There were also several interesting panel discussions on community engagement, water issues and efforts by Peru and Nicaragua to formalize artisanal and small-scale mining.