Brazzaville hosts central Africa regional training






Brazzaville, Congo welcomed 44 participants from Cameroun, Congo Republic, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar to the 5th Regional Training Workshop on Environment, Community, Health and Safety on 20-23 September, 2016.The workshop was co-hosted with the African Union Commission (AUC), the Africa Minerals Development Centre, the Economic Community for Central African States (ECCAS) and the Ministry of Mines and Geology of the Republic of Congo.

In his opening address, Hon. Pierre Oba, Minister of Mines and Geology stressed the need for harnessing the potential of Development Minerals to reduce heavy dependence on oil and to diversify the economy. Other high-level remarks were made by Mr. Frank Mugyenyi, Senior Advisor, Department of Trade and Industry, AUC; Mr. Tabu Abdallah Manirakiza, Deputy Secretary General, ECCAS; Ambassador Saskia De Lang, Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Congo; and Mr. Mohamed Abchir, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP - Republic of Congo.

A field visit to two quarry sites on the Congo River hosting over 500 miners provided an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired during workshop.


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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.

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    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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Participating Countries

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

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

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