InfoPoint ‘Development Minerals’ and the Role of the Private Sector

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INFOPOINT 'DEVELOPMENT MINERALS' AND THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR, TOWARDS INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT [24 January 2017]

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.