Mining leaders endorse AMV

09 Oct 2017 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 OCT (NAMPA) – The leadership of the Regional Chambers of Mines and other Mining Associations in Africa endorsed the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) at a symposium held in Windhoek last week.
The AMV is a blueprint for inclusive and sustainable development of the mineral resources sector to underpin broad-based development.
It was adopted in 2009 by the Heads of States of the African Union members.
A media statement issued here Monday by the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia, Veston Malango explained that the blueprint was adopted in recognition of the transformative role of the mineral resources sector in the social and economic structural transformation of African economies through commodity-based industrialisation as envisioned by Agenda 2063.
The leaders also agreed to the establishment of a continental body to be known as the Association of Chambers of Mines and other Mining Associations in Africa (ACMMAA).
The association will tackle the need for the voice of the private sector in discussions on the establishment of the continental free trade area that will catalyse the development of regional value chains in the mineral resources sector.
It further agreed that an interim committee be formed to oversee the establishment of ACMMAA consisting of the president and executive secretary of the Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa, the chairperson of the Eastern Africa Chamber of Mines and Extractive Industry Association, the executive director of the Economic Community of West African States Federation of Chamber of Mines, the president of the African Women in Mining Association (AWIMA) and a technical advisor.
Malango explained that the interim committee will draft the ACMMAA governing documents and strategic framework while facilitating the formation of the National Chambers of Mines and AWIMA National Chapters where they do not exist.