In line with the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), the Government of Sierra Leone in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) have organized a three day conference to raise awareness and educate on the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources’ preparedness to develop a new Core Minerals Policy (CMP).
The conference was targeted at mining/exploration companies, Civil Society, Journalists, Lawyers and MDAs
AMR Gold’s Logistics and Procurement Manager contributes to develop the policy
The conference, held at the Bintumani Hotel, west end of Freetown seeks to provide professionals operating in the country with increased understanding of the AMV and the CMP as well as tactical guidance on how to implement these processes.
AMR Gold’s Logistic and Procurement Manager-Eshaka Sidibay said AMR Gold is always ready to support the law and policies of the Government of Sierra Leone. He further stressed that “let me on behalf of the Directors, Management and staff of AMR Gold thank the facilitators for inviting us to be a part of the Core Minerals Policy development conference.”
Speaking on the topic of “The AMV: Introducing Africa’s road map for sustainable exploitation and utilization of mineral wealth in Africa,” Paul Msoma said the AMV sensitization conference seeks to introduce the AMDC to stakeholders and enhance collaborative relationships between the AMDC and other actors outside government. It also tries to enhance collaboration and networking among stakeholders relevant to extractive sector with regards to the domestication of the AMV and to establish a core database of AMV experts to serve as resource persons for within communities.
Participants at the Bintumani Conference hall
According to him, AMV was formally adopted by African heads of state in 2009. He added that, it is the continent’s own response to tackling the paradox of great mineral wealth existing side by side with real life challenges.
Giving a synoptic background on the Sierra Leone Core Minerals Policy Preparation Process, Daniel Gbondo from the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources said the new policy will look at: Building the human and institutional capacity of the state; Mineral sector governance and the challenges facing Sierra Leone in building the human and institutional capacity. He underlined the Africa Mining Vision’s potential benefits to Sierra Leone.
Gbondo said domesticating the Africa Mining Vision at country level is very key to all African states. He stated that AMV focuses on advocacy and communications work-stream, “an opportunity to connect the AMDC and implementing countries to introduce the AMV and CMV.”
In attendance were the Director General (Sahr Wonde) and Deputy Director General of the National Minerals Agency (Mathew Tarawallie), Permanent Secretary-Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources (Mrs. Fatmata Mustapha), Deputy Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources (Abdul Ignosi Koroma), Mining Development Engineer (Andrew Keili) and representatives of World Bank, GIZ, UNDP and AfDB among others.