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Ahmed Finoh commented on John Momo's blog post 'Press Release on Kimberlite Diamond Mining and Gross Human Rights Abuses in Kono; What Hope for Prosperity? FREETOWN, TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2013 (for immediate release)'
"John: Thanks for this report on the death of those innocent bystanders during a peaceful protest by the workers of the Koidu Kimberlite Mining Company. Has the Jenkins Johston Commission of Inquiry Report into the 2007 Disturbances and 2 deaths been…"
Feb 6, 2013
Ahmed Finoh commented on Beatrice's blog post 'Gradual development of higher-level oil training'
"Beatrice: You wrote  "More that 25 percent of Ugandans live on less than $1.25 a day according to the World Bank." What do you think, Beatrice? How much is that equivalent to in Ugandan Shillings?  I will be in Kampala later this…"
Feb 6, 2013
Ahmed Finoh commented on Lucy Wallwork's blog post 'The everyday face of Azerbaijan’s “rentier state”'
"Lucy: Thanks for the clarification and keep on with the good work."
Oct 11, 2012
Ahmed Finoh commented on Lucy Wallwork's blog post 'The everyday face of Azerbaijan’s “rentier state”'
"Lucy: We understand what you are saying when you write: .."distinctly un-Caucasian fines for crossing the road outside of designated crossing points." There exists distictly Caucasian places where crosiing the road outside of designated…"
Oct 10, 2012
Ahmed Finoh left a comment for Zara Rahman
"Zara: Thanks and keep on doing the excellent job you're doing at GOXI. Ahmed"
Oct 8, 2012
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Oct 8, 2012
Elisabeth Caesens commented on Ahmed Finoh's blog post 'Someone is "gaming" the System: On Elizabeth Caesens' Quest for Reliable Mineral Deposit Valuation'
"Hello Ahmed, Thanks for your response. I'd definitely be interested in seeing Luqman Ahmed's intervention.  I do get a similar impression that companies sometimes don't share enough information with the host government. That…"
Aug 16, 2012
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Someone is "gaming" the System: On Elizabeth Caesens' Quest for Reliable Mineral Deposit Valuation

Ms. Elizabeth Caesens enquired in her recent post as to whether there's any reliable source for determining the probable value of discovered mineral deposits ( especially on the Sub-Saharan continent.) for non-geologists. Her indignance seems to have emanated from her frustrating work in  the extractive industry  in the Congo(DRC).For Elizabeth and others, Adam Smith's Luqman Ahmad gave an excellent presentation on May 2nd at the University of Dendee, in the UK., on why nothing seems to work in…See More
Aug 16, 2012
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"Thanks, Dan."
Aug 14, 2012
Ahmed Finoh commented on daniel gilbert's status
"Dan: Thanks for bringing to us this excellent study by the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary. Musing on the chance to benchmark this study on the West African Extractive Industry; looking at it from the regional point that it (…"
Aug 14, 2012
Ahmed Finoh commented on Michael Jarvis's blog post 'Negotiating a deal? Don't forget about governance...'
"Mike: Will GOXIANS have access to the deliberations of this workshop on( extractives) Contract Negotiation Support for developing Host Countries? We are intrigued when we learn from you that "it has come clearly to  many of the…"
Jul 20, 2012
Ahmed Finoh commented on daniel gilbert's blog post 'Odd one out?'
"No, Daniel. The "Odd One Out" is the political econonmy. Sustainable development is the link that should connect the two ends of the (extractive industries ) value chain. But the major flaw in this thinking has been the treatment of…"
Jul 18, 2012
Ahmed Finoh commented on Semkae Kilonzo's blog post 'End of the 'Resource Curse' in Africa?'
"Y'all continue to beat this dead horse by bringing back the issue of the so-called 'African Resource Curse."  People have made careers of exploring the problems of Africa. What is now needed is for you smart young people to come…"
Jul 17, 2012
Ahmed Finoh left a comment for daniel gilbert
"Daniel: I will tweet you when I an in London on my way to Lusaka; for ice-cold beer and some GOXI bonding. God bless and continue on with the good work. Eng. Ahmed Finoh North Carolina/USA"
May 25, 2012
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May 25, 2012
daniel gilbert commented on Ahmed Finoh's blog post 'The Transparency that Africa Really Needs'
"Hi, Ahmed Great post, pulls no punches but (intentionally) funny too - and the humour helps your punches hit home, in fact.  Your style reminds me of the great Gil Scot-Heron, in fact, of whom I am a big fan, may he rest in peace.  I have…"
May 24, 2012

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internaional development
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diamonds, oil and natural gas, governance and anti-corruption, environment, redistribution and sustainable development

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Someone is "gaming" the System: On Elizabeth Caesens' Quest for Reliable Mineral Deposit Valuation

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 16:52 1 Comment

Ms. Elizabeth Caesens enquired in her recent post as to whether there's any reliable source for determining the probable value of discovered mineral deposits ( especially on the Sub-Saharan continent.) for non-geologists. Her indignance seems to have emanated from her frustrating work in  the extractive industry  in the Congo(DRC).

For Elizabeth and others, Adam Smith's Luqman Ahmad gave an excellent presentation on May 2nd at the University of Dendee, in the UK., on why nothing seems…

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The Transparency that Africa Really Needs

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 6:49 1 Comment

                                                                          

                                                      

Old folks among a disappearing tribe tucked in the marshy lands of the upper reaches of the Niger river in what is now the Fouta Djallon highlands of Guinea,  had an adage that goes thus; if you want to show a man how ugly he is you need to put a mirror to his face. The problem is, these people had never had a mirror or what was then referred to as a…

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To Those Doomsday Alarmists for the new Republic of South Sudan

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 10:00 0 Comments

It seems like everywhere one turns there are those forecasting the soon demise of the newest nation and Africa's 54th country. There are those who have become experts overnight on everything that will go wrong for the South Sudanese. One blogger on another site even wrote independence for South Sudan within quotation marks. Meaning of course the unreality of this evolving phenomenon, which has become an independent country of South Sudan.

The making of a nation,…

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Socio-Economic Benefits of Mining ?

Posted on June 29, 2011 at 9:00 4 Comments

I have just read this report of the socio-economic benefits of mining in the Lao PDR and wondering why has such a scenario not yet been benchmarked any where in Africa.

Rather one reads about natural resources being a "curse" on the African continent.

Which is true as evidenced by the 10 year Charles Taylor diamond war in Sierra Leone, West Africa and ofcourse the continuing conflicts in the great lakes region of the continent.

WHY?

Is it the absence of…

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At 18:57 on February 6, 2013, Cynthia Ugwuibe said…

Dear Mr. FInoh,

I appreciate your concern.  I realize that an MA in African Studies by itself is not enough. Actually I always intended on either going to law school or getting a PhD. I'm just trying to discern which of the two would be a better fit for me.

Best,

Cynthia

At 18:56 on January 30, 2012, Eva T. Thorne said…

Hi! Thanks for your note.  My work in Sierra Leone was around petroleum and governance of the sector.  I did some training/capacity building with MPs and some members of the Cabinet.  Good stuff!  What are you studying?

At 11:23 on January 23, 2012, Kari Lipschutz said…

Thank you for your note, Finoh. In fact, I plan on doing something very similar to what you suggest in your comment. I will certainly be using political economy analysis as a primary tool in my work. Further, I am considering a few case studies (Nigeria included) that I think will provide a nice diverse selection. I look forward to sharing updates as the research design progresses.

At 21:21 on December 6, 2011, Joao Nolasco said…

Dear Ahmed,

 

Sorry for getting back to you only now but I have been away from GOXI for a while. Project financing in Africa's PPPs is a world of issues. Please send me an e-mail with your questions and maybe we can start a good conversation.

 

Joao Nolasco,

j.nolasco@afdb.org

At 12:01 on October 5, 2011, Seth Odame said…
AM also happy to have you my network.
At 11:38 on October 3, 2011, Seth Odame said…
You are right Ahmed because until Ghana discovered oil previous government has concentrated on other sectors of the country especially agriculture but now most of the attention has been shifted to the oil but we have agriculture creating jobs for 60% of the population. Our leaders aught to look at some of this things cos now most graduate from the universities are all looking forward to working in the oil industry leaving the field for which they where trained in.
At 12:47 on July 8, 2011, Elison Karuhanga said…
Also we need to invest in our own centres of learning. Norway, the UK, King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minreals, France, the USA many major producing or consuming countries have excellent world class universities researching, teaching and learning abt natural resources. African countries should attempt to get quality schools teaching this kind of thing as well. in order to benefit from natural resources we need power over them. and knoweldge is power. so we should invest in knoweldge. (please forgive my previous post. it was full of typos. I only hope it was coherent)
At 12:42 on July 8, 2011, Elison Karuhanga said…

Kobina,

Africans in a sense are building capacity. some have suggested interesting ways of handling this "local content" issue. one writer has suggested a data bank of African oil professionals in their home countries. this pool of people known and identified can then be trained properly and used efficiently both in public and private sectors. many of the graduates return to the work force and got lost in other ventures..so one particular writer suggests a data bank. lets know the people who know something. NOCs(National Oil Companies) like CNOOC(from China) and Saudi Armaco (Saudi Arabia) are known to attend job fairs at the biggest universities to seek out and offer internships to their students and the opportunity for employment. African NOCs need to join the club of talent searchers. then a proper human development policy, sharing of personnel and technology among states. then the focus also shdnt just be on the geological aspects but on training economists, lawyers and managers 4  proper policy etc. there was good article by the scholary Bede Nwete on this some time back.  

At 16:43 on July 7, 2011, Kobina Aidoo said…
Interesting discussion, gentlemen.

To Elison's point, I too believe that building our own capacity is essential for reasons already mentioned as well as the potential spillover. I question the social and economic sustainability of the model of simply using the rent to pacify the people without their deep engagement in the industry.

That said, how do we build the skills? The more relevant question, in my view, is how do we keep the skills we buid in the public sector from going to the private sector for better pay? Any ideas? (Frankly, it's hard to blame people who make the switch)
At 2:16 on July 6, 2011, Elison Karuhanga said…
Ahmed thank you for your response. Again I concur. Except that I do believe a form of technology transfer and "local content" is also essential (its certainly part of the leadership issue)..many of the oil sheikhdoms for example have the bulk of their oil in the hands of national oil companies. if the entire energy chain has Africans playing a minimal role as investors, employees, marketeers etc of the crude then we are likely to see a complete repartiation of profits and capital flight. yet the need for the funds to be reinvested (or consumed) in Africa can not be overstated. but i concede that this is a micro point. the real macro point is the one u so rightly raise. the need for clear headed leadership. but as Africans we should seek knoweldge bse knoweldge is power.
 
 
 

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