Maputo to host Conference of Mining Ministers

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Addis Ababa, 3 December 2013 (WIC) - The 3rd African Union Conference of Ministers Responsible for Mineral Resources Development will be held in Maputo, Mozambique from 13-17 December, a press release issued by ECA said.

The five-day conference will be held under the theme: “Leveraging the Africa Mining Vision for Africa’s Renaissance towards broader ownership”. The theme has chosen to deepen the participation by member states and their institutions in the implementation of the African Mining Vision (AMV).

The Conference has become the premier forum on the continent for African Ministers Responsible for Mineral Resources to address issues related to the development of the mineral resources in the continent.

The objectives of the conference is to propose to African leaders approaches and policy options on the execution of the Action Plan for the AMV with the aim to promote sustainable development in Africa in line with 2015 Development Agenda and 2063 Africa’s agenda.

It also aims to enhance ownership and participation of Member States and Regional Economic Communities in the implementation of the Action Plan for AMV and enhance the understanding of its implications on Africa’s mineral development; and Launching the African Mineral Development Centre as a project.

African Ministers and Senior Officials responsible for mineral resources development, AUC and RECs’ officials, representatives of development partners, UN agencies, African private sector and African Chambers of mines and industry will take part in the Conference.

The participants will brainstorm on how African countries could design and implement effective strategies and policies of Mineral Resources through the African Mining Vision, which could include the promotion of value addition and economic transformation, which can reduce dependence on commodity exports, thus promoting sustainable long-term growth.

This, according to the organizers will ensure that the benefits of such growth are widely shared in order to reduce poverty and improve the standard of living for all Africans.

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