Message from the Secretariat
The Secretariat is pleased to announce the Mining Policy Framework field assessment recently conducted in Ecuador was a success. Secretariat staff had the chance to meet with Ecuador’s Minister of Mining, Javier Córdova Unda, and his team, visit a small-scale mining project located in Ponce Enriquez with Subsecretary Rocío Juca and meet with the mayor of El Pangui. IGF was also introduced to Catering Las Peñas. This catering company was established in the mining camp of Lundin Gold’s Fruta del Norte gold mining project to benefit local communities thanks to Ecuador’s local content policies.
The IGF is also pleased to welcome Guyana as a new member and applauds the government’s commitment to leveraging mining for sustainable development. We look forward to Guyana’s participation, as every new nation that joins the IGF brings valuable depth and a unique perspective to the dialogue.
Looking forward to 2018, the IGF Secretariat will be attending Investing in African Mining Indaba from February 5 to 8 in Cape Town, South Africa. There, the IGF will launch its newest guidance document for governments on local content policies.
Please see below for additional highlights.
Greg Radford, IGF Director
Save the Date for IGF’s 14th Annual General Meeting in 2018
We hope you are able to join us for the IGF’s 14th Annual General Meeting from October 15 to 19, 2018, in Geneva. We are currently working on building a valuable program and look forward to sharing the details with you in the upcoming months.
The AGM is a unique opportunity to connect with government officials and representatives from industry, civil society and academia.
You can explore what delegates of the 2017 meeting thought of the proceedings in the survey results, and visit the dedicated 2017 AGM event page to peruse presentation materials, meeting reports, photos and videos.
Save the Date for the IGF/WEC/PDAC Sustainability Forum in March 2018
The IGF, World Economic Forum and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) are co-hosting their annual Sustainability Forum on the sidelines of the 2018 PDAC Convention, taking place Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., in Toronto, Canada. The Sustainability Forum will focus on the important role minerals and metals play in the shift to a low-carbon economy. If you are interested in attending this invitation-only event, please contact the IGF Secretariat at Secretariat@IGFMining.org.
Four Ways to Empower Women in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
Global estimates suggest about 100 million individuals depend on artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in approximately 80 countries around the world, including millions of women. However, there is a pressing need to enhance the quality of life for these women miners, and to integrate gender equity and equality principles into the sector as a whole. Read our column to discover four ways to empower women in the artisanal mining sector.
Paradise Lost? Tax Avoidance in the Headlines and in the Mining Sector
In a guest column, Alexandra Readhead explores how and why developing country governments need to confront tax base erosion and profit shifting in the mining sector with the Paradise Papers leak, the latest in a string of offshore scandals implicating governments, politicians, wealthy elites and multinational corporations in complex and far-reaching schemes to avoid taxes.
The Importance of Understanding the Financial Flows of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
ASM is a complex economic sector with implications for economic growth and social and environmental impacts on rural communities. This creates difficult challenges for policy-makers and practitioners seeking to maximize benefits while simultaneously minimizing harm from ASM for the diverse range of affected stakeholders. Explore these issues and how the GIFF Project from Levin Sources enables practitioners to investigate and map financial flows linked to the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector, while strengthening program design and policy formulation, in our guest column.
Socioeconomic Benefits Workshop in Senegal
The launch of IGF’s evaluation report on the Senegalese Mining Policy Framework (MPF) was followed by a training workshop on socioeconomic benefits from July 12 to 14, 2017. The goal of the workshop was to strengthen the abilities of Senegalese public and private parties working in the mining sector.
Senegal’s Ministry of Industry and Mines’ Chief of Staff Mondienne Guisse launched the report on July 12, which attracted close to 50 people. The three-day training workshop brought together 40 executives from several Senegalese ministries involved in the management of the country’s mineral resources, private sector, civil society and local officials from two major mining regions in Senegal. The workshop focused on the knowledge and tools stakeholders need to address key weaknesses and improve the social and economic management of the mining sector.
More details will be available in an upcoming meeting report.