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.