Message from the Director
I am pleased to present the IGF’s first annual report, which describes our objectives and outlines our achievements in 2016. We are proud of what we accomplished in 2016 and anticipate an even more productive year in 2017.
The IGF Secretariat team has been quite active in recent weeks, delivering regional workshops in Morocco and Suriname on mine closure and in Rwanda on how to implement our artisanal and small-scale mining guidance document. We are also preparing to deliver a workshop in Mali for West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) member states on mining finance and will be attending Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre in Chile in July.
We published a Mining Policy Framework Assessment for Suriname earlier this month and are finalizing reports for Mongolia, Rwanda and Mauritania.
The Secretariat is preparing for the 2017 AGM and will be providing you with a draft agenda in the coming weeks.
We are also pleased to present you with an introduction to the Extractives Hub, a new tool aimed at helping government officials in resource-rich developing countries access and engage with relevant information on the governance of mining and oil and gas industries.
Please see below for additional highlights of our activities.
Greg Radford, Director, IGF Secretariat
IGF Releases 2016 Annual Report
The IGF Secretariat is pleased to present our first annual report, which describes the Forum’s objectives and outlines our achievements in 2016.
We have a remarkable opportunity to drive change. Our 58 member countries are committed to reshaping the management of their natural resources to reduce poverty, achieve inclusive growth, promote social development and be better stewards of the environment—and we’re providing the tools to make that happen.
Read the report here.
IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: Suriname
The Republic of Suriname is actively working to leverage its mining industry to advance sustainable development, according to a Mining Policy Framework Assessment published by the IGF in June.
View a video about why Suriname requested a Mining Policy Framework Assessment here.
Learn more about the assessment process here.
Guest Column: Introducing the Extractives Hub – A New Information Tool
The Extractives Hub is a new tool aimed at helping government officials in resource-rich developing countries access and engage with relevant information on the governance of mining and oil and gas industries. It also provides training and support on a wide range of topics, such as: modelling a national fiscal policy; legislative review; ASM formalization support; and transfer pricing baseline analysis.
Read a guest column introducing the Extractives Hub by Deputy Team Leader Tom Miller here.
Join us in Geneva for IGF’s 13th Annual General Meeting
We hope you will be able to join us in Geneva for the IGF’s 13th Annual General Meeting. We are working to build on the success of last year’s meeting and to deliver an even more engaging program in October.
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, including:
- Base erosion and profit sharing
- Local content policies
- Development minerals and the Sustainable Development Goals
- Environmental impact assessments and mining
- Government guidance for mine closure
- Government initiatives for biodiversity management
- Voluntary sustainability initiatives
We will be providing more information—including a draft agenda and partial list of speakers—in the coming weeks so please watch your inbox and visit the 2017 AGM event page.
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 for past conference materials and meeting reports.