AGM & Conferences
The IGF serves as a unique global venue for dialogue between its more than 60 member country governments, mining companies, industry associations and civil society.
Our Annual General Meeting is attended by hundreds of officials and representatives and was held at UNCTAD headquarters in Geneva—the Palais des Nations—on October 16-20, 2017.
We hold side events at two of the major global mining events—INDABA and PDAC—along with major conferences such as UNCTAD14.
We are hoping to expand our presence at existing conferences and offer our own regional meetings in the months and years to come.
Mining Policy Framework Assessments are carried out by expert teams led by the IGF Secretariat. The assessments are broken into two main phases: the assessment, and the targeted capacity building.
In the first phase, working closely with government counterparts, the assessment team – through a combination of desk and field research – uses the best practice standards of the MPF to identify key strengths, weaknesses and gaps in the country’s existing mining laws, policies and regulations.
Once the assessment team has identified key strengths, weaknesses and gaps in existing laws and policies, attention turns to targeted capacity building.
The assessments are demand-driven, and are undertaken with the support and participation of the country’s ministry in charge of mining.
MPF Assessment Reports
IGF Member Governments are committed to implementing their sustainable mining goals.
Seven members have requested assistance from the IGF Secretariat in evaluating their policies through Mining Policy Framework (MPF) Assessments.
The IGF has completed three MPF Assessments to date – in the Dominican Republic, Uganda and Madagascar – and is in the process of conducting four more in Senegal, Mongolia, Suriname and Burkina Faso.
The results of these assessments are published in order to help governments target their efforts in implementing the MPF, to inform capacity-building efforts, and to allow for monitoring of progress over time.
Capacity Building and Training
The IGF Secretariat provides capacity building training and workshops to member countries upon request.
We tailor our programs to the specific needs of member governments and are prepared to provide training on all aspects of mining policy.
We seek out local and regional experts to engage in the training sessions, which further helps to build regional capacity and ensures that the program reflects local perspectives and realities.
Our training is informed by the Mining Policy Framework and is designed to be comprehensive. We focus on the legal, social, political and economic aspects of mining policy.
We combine a theoretical and practical approach in presenting our training. Workshops on contract negotiations, for instance, will typically include mock negotiations to show how the theory discussed can be applied.