Infopoint 'Development Minerals' and the Role of the Private Sector, towards Inclusive Development






The ACP-EU Development Programme and the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) of the European Union organized an InfoPoint Conference on January 24, 2017: 'Development Minerals' and the Role of the Private Sector.

This event was kindly hosted by DG DEVCO. With around 70 participants, this conference was an opportunity to highlight the important role such minerals play in tackling many issues (regarding environment, labor law, gender equality, etc.) and therefore guiding to an inclusive and sustainable development.

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme plays a key role in emphasizing on the great potential of this too-often neglected sector. Because Development Minerals are mostly mined and used domestically, they have the capability to spur local economic and human development by creating jobs – especially for women and youngsters – as well as improving environmental, health and safety regulations.

The InfoPoint raised the profile of these Development Minerals and highlighted the main issues the sector faces.

A final report as well as an interview from Dr. Daniel Franks and Ms. Caroline Ngonze, respectively Programme Manager & Chief Technical Advisor and Programme Specialist, will be available soon.


Infopoint text 

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.



Ancient coral, long ago compressed into limestone under the weight of mud, sand and yet more coral, accounts for 65% of the Jamaican island by weight, and 85% of its surface coverage.



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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