European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani responsible for industry and enterprise policy will open the High Level Conference, “Translating mineral resource wealth into real development for Africa” in Brussels on 26 January 2012.
Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, responsible for development policy, will take part as well as the Ministers of Mines of Burundi, Ethiopia, Zambia and Gabon.
In the crucial field of mineral resources the EU and Africa have shared interests. Therefore the on-going co-operation should be intensified to promote sustainable development, and to tackle global challenges together.
Amongst the issues to be discussed at the conference are:
- Good governance, such as promoting natural resources governance including increasing revenue transparency and involving relevant stakeholders including the civil society.
- Investment and infrastructure, such as analytical tools for mapping mining development corridors for investment promotion and opportunities for value-added through local processing of African mineral resources.
- Geological knowledge and skills, such as facilitation of exploring mineral resources potential in Africa and rehabilitation of mining sites.