The AUC Spearheads the Africa Launch of the Programme


Africa/Addis Ababa




After the inception meeting in Brussels in July 2015, the widely anticipated launch of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme in Africa took place on 9-12 November 2015 in Addis Ababa. The four-day event was kicked off with an opening ceremony that was hosted by the African Union Commission and African Minerals Development Centre and launched by representatives from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), the European Commission, UNDP, and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. In her key note address delivered on behalf of the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E Mrs Fatima Haram Acyl, Commissioner of Trade and Industry, pushed for the implementation of the African Mining Vision to help the continent harness its resources including those derived from Development Minerals. After the opening ceremony the participants from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia attended the Regional Training Workshop on Environment, Community, Health and Safety which included a field visit to three quarry sites in Debre Zeit, a village approximately 45 km south of Addis Ababa, that are supplying scoria and ash for the booming construction sector.



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ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

‘Development Minerals’ are minerals and materials that are mined, processed, manufactured and used domestically in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and agriculture.

Development Minerals are economically important close to the location where the commodity is mined. They include industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones and semi-precious stones.

  • Africa

    The African Union Commission has called member states to prioritize 'Development Minerals' as part of Africa's industrialization agenda. Find out more about our twenty-eight participating countries and four focus countries in Africa.

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  • Caribbean

    "Development Minerals" underpin the construction and tourism sectors in the Caribbean. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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  • Pacific

    The Pacific is literally built on sand. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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East Africa

Population growth is creating a huge demand for housing and infrastructure, as well as the Development Minerals needed for the construction industry.


West Africa

Guinea-Conakry is one of the world's top bauxite producers, but it also has the potential to realise opportunities from the mining of Development Minerals.


Southern Africa

Zambia is paving more than 2000 km of roads with locally sourced pavers and cobblestones and in the process is creating tens of thousands of jobs.


Central Africa

The Government of Cameroon requires contracting authorities to incorporate local materials in the construction of public buildings.



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Of the 68 active mineral extraction sites in Fiji, 66 mine Development Minerals.

Participating Countries

Forty (40) countries are participating in regional level training and knowledge exchange. Find out which ones.

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Focus Countries

Six (6) countries are undertaking in depth capacity building and country level training.

What are Development Minerals?

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