West Africa Regional Training on Environment, Community, Health & Safety




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.


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


Professor Salvador Mondlane Jr.

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


Lacina Pakoun

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


Caroline Ngonze

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


Dr Charles Akong

Dr Charles Akong, Team Leader, Investment, Diversification and Linkages Workstream, African Minerals Development Centre.