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UNECA and AU publish mining study.

Mining and mineral extraction practices in Africa hold the promise of positive economic development for the continent, but there are major challenges that still need to be overcome. Whether it is dealing with the fairness of allocating mining benefits, or dealing with the welter of social, cultural and environmental concerns, African countries are looking for a more comprehensive and coherent way to respond. In a two-phase project, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission will help countries find better ways to harness the potential in their mining and rise to the numerous challenges they represent.

Part one of their study, the African Mining Framework Report, is a comprehensive and scholarly look at mineral regimes across the continent. It also investigates areas such as corporate social responsibility in mining, and the role of the small and artisan sector on the continent.

In the second part, implementation issues are addressed with advice for developing toolkits, policy templates and guidelines and other instruments to help countries revise their mineral regimes. It includes an interview with the study's principal champion, Antonio Pedro, head of ECA's sub-regional office in Kigali, Rwanda. Pedro has been at the forefront of the secretariat's mining and mineral extractions policy, having established both the African Mining Partnership and the African Industrial Minerals Association.

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Title Annotation:Mining; mineral extraction policies
Comment:UNECA and AU publish mining study.(Mining)(mineral extraction policies)
Publication:African Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:60AFR
Date:Feb 1, 2010
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