Spotlight on Return to Work: Rwanda






In the recent past, the mining sector in Rwanda has witnessed unprecedented growth. This is particularly so, in relation to construction materials and dimension stones whose demand has risen sharply to meet the needs of the housing sector. A rise in the number of quarries serving the construction industry has signaled a need to enforce standards and regulations in quarrying.

The Ministry of Natural Resources hired an expert to design safety standards in Mining under the Strategic Capacity Building Initiative. The expert was to work
with a local counterpart to develop this important document for the small-scale mining sector. The local counterpart for this exercise is Sam Ryumugabe, who was sponsored by the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme to participate in the 2016 edition of the Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) programme.

The skills and knowledge acquired by Sam during ELAM 2016 were instrumental in ensuring that health and safety standards for small-scale quarrying operations were included in the recently developed draft Mining Standards and Regulations under review in Rwanda.


Photo: Sam Ryumugabe talking about Rwanda's natural resource endowment at the ELAM 2016 program in South Africa.

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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