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ACCRA, Ghana--(TWN-Africa-29 June, 2011)--Abdulai Daramani, a Programme Officer of Environment Unit of Third World Network-Africa, has said that emerging processes that seek to “threaten the mining reform agenda” at the continental and regional level are underway. Daramani was speaking to newsmen in Accra Tuesday at a press briefing organized by the African Initiative on Mining, Environment and Society (AIMES) to share with local media the outcome of their thirteenth annual strategy meeting, which took place from 21 – 24 June in Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

 

Please find the statement below:

 

For more, please visit: http://www.twnafrica.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=513:-emerging-processes-threaten-mining-reform-agenda-in-africa&catid=46:aimes&Itemid=71


 
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Concept Note

1.0 Background

Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) and Third World Network-Africa propose to organise the 13th annual strategy meeting of the African Initiative on Mining, Environment and Society (AIMES). The meeting is scheduled to run from June 20 to June 24, 2011 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

 

Founded in 1999, AIMES is a Pan-African network of organisations, groups, communities and individuals engaged in extractive sector advocacy, in particular mining. As a network, it offers a framework for collaboration to strengthen collective actions that advance community interest, environmental sustainability and development in relation to the extractive sector. The network has representation in over 15 strategic mining countries in Africa. Third World Network (TWN) - Africa is the secretariat of AIMES.

 

The Africa wide liberalization of mining codes since the 1980s triggered a boom in large scale foreign direct investment in Africa’s mining sectors. The large scale foreign direct investment was motivated by very generous incentives regimes that these codes offered to foreign investors. The African mining boom has generated a number of questions and been accompanied by a number of negative developments.

 

These negative developments range from concerns about the disproportionate benefits earned by foreign investors compared to host countries and local communities; pressure for greater transparency in the relations between companies and national governments over the transfer and use of mining revenues, demands for accountability companies and public institutions in relations between companies and mining affected communities as well as concerns about environmental degradation and destruction of livelihoods of affected communities and violations of their rights. The lack of linkages between mining enclaves and the rest of national economies have also attracted demands from citizens groups for a re-examination of the incentives regimes enjoyed by foreign mining companies.

 


 
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We repeat our demands for:

  • An end to impunity and violation of community rights and the environment
  • Review of mining contracts to make them fair, transparent, equitable and optimise their contribution to national development.
  • An upward review of royalty tax and state equity participation.
  • An introduction of specific taxes such as capital gain tax, windfall tax, and super tax. A specific percentage of the supper tax could be devoted for implementation of the continental reform agenda.
  • Review of the framework and administration of the environmental and social impact assessment to take account of issues such as human rights, gender, housing and access to livelihood.
  • Abrogation of clauses of stability agreement, development agreement and confidentiality of environmental audit reports from national codes as these constitute major barriers to state autonomy and public access to information.
  • Transparency and accountability of public institutions and mining companies, particularly in their relations with communities and citizens’ groups, as well as their obligations to environmental, human rights, finance and tax.

 

from: http://www.twnafrica.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=359:aimes-12-meeting-calls-for-coherence-and-harmonisation-of-the-on-going-policy-initiatives-on-the-continent-&catid=46:aimes&Itemid=71


 
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Thirty-nine (39) members of the Africa Initiative on Mining, Environment and Society (AIMES) from Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and our partners from Canada, the United Kingdom and United States of America who participated in its tenth Annual Strategy meeting call upon African governments to put in place alternative mining regime, contracts and investment standards for the mining sector in Africa in order to optimise national benefits including integrated national development, protection of community rights and the environment. The meeting was hosted by Third World Network-Africa and took place from June 24-26th, 2008, in Accra, Ghana

from: http://www.twnafrica.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67%3Aaimes-10th-position-statement&catid=63%3Aaimes&Itemid=65


 


 
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