"In Zambia, the EU-funded Mineral Production Monitoring Support Project (MPMSP, now in its final, 4th year) has indeed been supporting the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development MMMD in improving the quality of mineral production reporting. There…"
"Good to see this working on what appears to be a very decent scale!
Earlier attempts with the direct smelting of concentrates from alluvial mining in neighbouring Ghana, did not appear to be sustainable. The reasons appear to include (1) lack…"
"I had the opportunity to consult briefly (in late 2011 and early 2012) to the Contraloria de la Republica, Colombia's comptroller-general, which has an oversight function over other government agencies. The general topic of my work concerned…"
I fully agree that citizens of developing countries need to take much more responsibility to transform their own countries' economies.
I've been involved in a number of development- and governance-related projects in…"
"I can understand the concept of tendering out old mines, and lapsed/revoked licences where the mineral rights can somehow be quantified, if there are assets (whether mineral resources or datasets) that can be assessed.
But I disagree with tendering…"
"Interesting and colourful, illustrating quite a few issues. But too much focus on the Chinese aspect. Chinese actions there are in no way different from what many others, mainly Ghanaians, have been doing for decades.
I'm obviously not a Ghanaian national, but I have spent many years in your country, including years in (gold) exploration management, and also in mining (environmental) governance, the latter in an EU-funded project. So I will…"
"A laudable initiative and it would be very interesting to the draft Framework.
In my view the greatest governance challenge is the frequent absence of will to actually do what needs to be done. Not only the political will to make new policies…"