African mining sector scrutinised

By Timo Shihepo

Windhoek – Namibia is hosting the Chambers of Mines and other Mining Associations in Africa to discuss the way forward regarding the African mining industry.

The main aim of the symposium is to pave the way to implement the African Mining Vision (AMV).

The discussions comprising of delegates from the continent started Thursday at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre in Windhoek.

Speaking at the symposium, African Union Commission commissioner of trade, Albert Muchanga, told the delegates that their key role during the symposium is a question of trying to bring the compact on the African mining issue to the private sector.

He said the private sector must be interrogated and see where it’s expectations are and where it fails.

“I am saying so because progress in society comes when there is genuinely dialogue among all the stakeholders. Nothing should be kept in the heart. If you keep all your thoughts to heart you will not know what you will want and if you don’t know what you want you would not be able to reach a level of understanding. So I urge you to scrutinize the African mining charter and bring out what you think needs to be scrutinized,” he said.

Also speaking at the symposium, Namibia’s Minister of Mines and Energy, Obeth Kandjoze, said: “Africa is sleeping on some practices. Just about the same number of jobs as created by direct mining is created by procurement in the sector. And the distribution is something that government should be at its centre. Without the mining licence or exploration, central procurement is nothing. The power is vested in the certification that any resources that the mining entity takes across the sea to the capitalist market, when it comes back there must be investments. Our governments are not yet at that level. We must at least leverage the interest of what’s being taken out.”

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