15 – 18 March 2016

West Africa Regional Training Workshop on Environment, Community, Health and Safety



West Africa/Accra, Ghana




The West Africa Regional Training Workshop on Environment, Community, Health and Safety was held in Accra, Ghana, 15-18 March, 2016. Participants represented Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. The event was held in association with the Africa Union Commission, ECOWAS Commission, the Minerals Commission of Ghana and the African Minerals Development Centre. Fifty-eight professionals were in attendance, representing public stakeholders such as regulatory agencies and local governments; private stakeholders such as small-scale mining enterprises, associations, and business development centres; and social stakeholders such as civil society organizations and community groups.

The opening ceremony of the workshop was addressed by the Hon. Nii Osah Mills, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources of Ghana who emphasised the economic and social importance of Development Minerals in Ghana and West Africa. His opening speech was preceded by remarks from Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General, ACP Group of States (by video recording); Mr. William Baidoe, ECOWAS Commission; Mr. Johannes van der Ploeg, representative of the EU Delegation in Ghana and Mr. Mulugeta Abebe, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Ghana.

The field visit to 3 quarrying sites, helped the workshop participants to concretize the lessons learnt thus far, and provided an opportunity for further interrogation of the key issues impacting on the mining of Development Minerals.


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Certificate presentation ceremony with Professor Salvador Mondlane (far left) and Lacina Pakoun (far right).


Professor S. Mondlanemore_vert Trainer

Professor Salvador Mondlane Jr., Eduardo Mondlane University, Geology Department, Mozambique

Lacina Pakounmore_vert Trainer

Lacina Pakoun, Technical Specialist, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, UNDP


Caroline Ngonzemore_vert

Trainer, Facilitator


Caroline Ngonze, Programme Specialist, ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme.


Dr Charles Akongmore_vert Trainer

Dr Charles Akong, Chef d'équipe, Investissement, Diversification et Linkages Workstream, African Minerals Development Centre.




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