Ibadan, Nigeria hosted the 26th Colloquium of African Geology, "Unlocking earth science potentials for sustainable development of Africa", on 23-27 November, 2016. The communiqué of CAG26 identified Development Minerals as "low hanging fruits for quick investment opportunities" that "if properly harnessed could provide over three million jobs over the next four years in Africa with countries like Nigeria and South Africa, benefiting most."
The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme partnered with the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC), to host an in-conference workshop within the 26th Colloquium of African Geology (CAG26) in Ibadan, Nigeria on 24th November 2016. This workshop - titled Development Minerals in Africa – was attended by 80 geologists from across the continent, who deliberated upon the role of the geosciences community in fostering sustainable development from the mining, processing and use of 'Development Minerals'.
A panel was assembled to consider the role of the geosciences community in fostering sustainable development in the mining and processing of Development Minerals. The panel was chaired by Ibrahim Shaddad, Director General, AMGC and included Prof. Salvador Mondlane Jnr., Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique; Olugbenga Okunlola, Chair of the CAG26 Organising Committee, Nigeria; Daniel Franks, UNDP; and Kristine Asch, BGR, Germany. Vincent Kawamya from Zambia was sponsored to attend CAG26 on behalf of himself and Alphet Dokowe following a competition that selected the best Return to Work Plans produced by our training alumni.
Read the CAG26 communiqué.