The AUC Spearheads the Africa Launch of the Programme
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.