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Falling prices, rising tensions: article series

Hi all - I wanted to let you all know about a series of articles NRGI are writing on fall in commodity prices.

We and some of our partners are exploring the impact of low commodity prices across developing and emerging economies, as well as the solutions open to countries facing lowered investment, reduced government revenues, and increasing deficits. The series kicked off in February 2015, when the Financial…


Added by David Manley on April 23, 2015 at 16:14 — No Comments

Increasing Investment Attractiveness in Artisanal & Small Scale Mining

"Lack of technical capacity", "Low technical skills", "Highly labour intensive", "Poverty driven", "Little or no geological information", "Strained or lack of financial resources". These are some of the phrases commonly articulated with reference to the artisanal and small…


Added by Majala Mlagui on April 21, 2015 at 20:21 — No Comments

Debate heats up over reform of the Swiss commodity trading sector at UNCTAD forum

Representatives of the Swiss government, commodity traders and transparency advocates clashed at UNCTAD's Global Commodities Forum on 13 April over what form of regulatory regime is needed to clean up the commodities trading sector in Switzerland.

Campaign group Berne Declaration, which advocates for more equitable relations between Switzerland and developing countries, outlined a proposed regulatory authority…


Added by Arash Irantalab Tehrani on April 21, 2015 at 18:17 — No Comments

Modern Mining Cadastre and Geodata Information System for Guinea Bissau

Spatial Dimension is pleased to announce that FlexiCadastre has been chosen as the new mining cadastre and geodata information system for the Republic of Guinea Bissau.

Guinea Bissau recently went out on international tender for a new mining cadastre and geodata system through the Technical Assistance to the Extractive Industries Project (PATSIE). The aim of the PATSIE project is to increase the capacity and improve the performance of Government institutions in the extractive sectors…


Added by Bill Feast on April 21, 2015 at 17:25 — No Comments

Take minerals as dividends not cash GHEITI urges Govt

Dr Steve Manteaw, co-chair of Ghana’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GHEITI) representative has suggested that Ghana should explore the possibility of receiving royalties or her stake in kind and not cash as has been done all these years for the state to maximize the revenue generated from extractive companies especially those in Mining.

He says experience has shown that receiving Ghana’s stake in kind as done in oil…


Added by seibik bugri on April 21, 2015 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

The Miracle That Became a Debacle: Iron Ore in Sierra Leone

Resource-rich, developing countries are experiencing deep turmoil due to low commodity prices. In many West African countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the future of some large iron ore projects, under development for the last five years, is looking uncertain. These projects were conceived when iron ore prices were at historical heights, and officials and citizens…


Added by David Mihalyi on April 19, 2015 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

TDM 2 (2015) - Arbitration in the Middle East

For those with an interest in arbitration and dispute resolution in the MENA region the TDM 2 (2015) - Arbitration in the Middle East: Expectations and Challenges for the Future is potentially of interest:

Editors Craig Shepherd and Mike McClure (Herbert Smith Freehills LLP) prepared this TDM special on "Arbitration in the Middle East:…


Added by OGEL Journal on April 16, 2015 at 15:15 — No Comments

Azerbaijan downgraded to candidate country

Azerbaijan downgraded to candidate country

First country to be validated against the 2013 EITI Standard.…

Added by EITI on April 16, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Nigeria’s EITI report points the way for the new government

Nigeria’s EITI report points the way for the new government

Challenging times for Africa’s biggest oil producer as revenues fall.

Will the new government address the challenges…


Added by EITI on April 15, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Africa's Minerals for Development: the role of Transformational Leadership


The narrative of an Africa rising has been the most dominant one in the last decade as the continent has averaged 5 per cent a year growth. [1]  Unfortunately, this growth has been non inclusive as the impact on employment generation and social development has been exacerbated by the failure of most African economies to structurally transform themselves. This failure has been worsened by trends in the world economy,…


Added by Marit Kitaw on April 14, 2015 at 13:46 — No Comments

University of Edinburgh Dissertation Research: Chinese Copper Mining in Zambia

Hello all,

My name is Avery Grau I am a graduate student at the University of Edinburgh. I am currently looking for research for my dissertation.  I am looking at the relationship between China's position in Zambia’s copper mining industry and how this has contributed to the rise in anti-Chinese sentiments in Zambia, in particular I am looking at social unrest in the form of strikes and protests and political discourse. If anybody has any suggestions on possible research suggestions…


Added by Avery Grau on April 13, 2015 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Business Case for Disclosing Payments to Governments by Commodities Trading Companies

The EITI’s recently published paper on EITI reporting by state-owned, National Oil Companies (NOC) and oil traders provides an important perspective on why the EITI can play a role in bringing transparency and accountability to oil trades on both sides of the transaction.

In some jurisdictions, the commodities trading industry is under pressure from advocates and policy makers to adopt…


Added by RCS Global on April 10, 2015 at 14:57 — No Comments

Give us geological data for better mining: Miners call.

The availability of necessary geological information and education to small scale miners can lead to better ways of small scale mining to change attitudes for sustainable mining activities in the sector.

Government and other stakeholders have therefore been called upon to put in place initiatives that will offer the necessary education and information about a concession to assist better mining activities and allow miners to evaluate the amount of resources…


Added by seibik bugri on April 9, 2015 at 10:47 — No Comments

CSR21 Land Citizenship - Mining—Inclusive Investment for a New Triple Bottom Line

By Joseph Kirschke

The biggest mining super-cycle in recent memory, beginning in the early 2000s and fueled by unprecedented emerging market growth, is now history: Headcounts have been slashed, fleets parked and exploration budgets flattened, with profits falling 71% to $20 billion by 2013. This year, with the plunge of copper – and most base…


Added by Joseph F. Kirschke on April 8, 2015 at 23:19 — No Comments

Shell, BG and keeping the lights on in Tunisia

What it would be really interesting to know is: how far is Tunisia's government aware today that it will shortly have a new business partner in keeping the lights on in the country?

The announcement that Shell is acquiring the BG Group is certainly global business news. A result of falling oil prices and higher costs, the pressure on some companies with less capital and the highest profile example of consolidation that market analysts in London, New York and who knows where else have…


Added by Johnny West on April 8, 2015 at 14:52 — No Comments

IHRB/ Nairobi Process: Security and Human Rights Briefing Paper

We are pleased to share with you a briefing paper published by the Institute for Human Rights and Business as part of the Nairobi Process. The paper looks at the security and human rights implications of oil and gas exploration in Kenya and the key issues involved.

It also sets out practical recommendations for Kenyan stakeholders to address the challenges, drawing on international lessons from Ghana, Nigeria and Colombia in promoting adherence to…


Added by Kelly Davina Scott on April 8, 2015 at 13:17 — No Comments

Six Reasons Why Sovereign Wealth Funds Should Not Invest or Spend at Home

Developing, capital-scarce countries need domestic investment. Governments in countries such as Angola, Mongolia, and Timor-Leste must invest in education, health and infrastructure like roads, ports, electricity, water and sanitation systems if they hope to achieve middle- or high-income status in a sustainable and balanced way. What’s more, oil-, gas- and mineral-rich countries have access to large (yet finite) sources of income that can be used to boost domestic…


Added by Andrew Bauer on April 8, 2015 at 5:38 — 1 Comment

Testing a Small UAS (Drone) for Mapping Artisanal Diamond Mining in Africa

In June 2014, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) tested a small unmanned aerial system (UAS) or "drone" in an artisanal diamond mining region in Guinea. The work follows many years of USGS/USAID/US State Department efforts focused on supporting implementation of the Kimberely Process in Central and Western Africa.  

We recently had an article published in Photogrammetric Engineering &Remote Sensing (PE&RS) which…


Added by Peter Chirico on April 3, 2015 at 15:46 — No Comments

Engaging with society – ICMM releases Annual Review 2014

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released its Annual Review 2014 - Engaging with society.

The theme of this year’s review picks up from the previous annual review’s focus on strengthening relationships with communities. It examines the progress we are making on building this strategic priority into our work programs and other activities.

"ICMM has been instrumental in supporting…


Added by ICMM on April 2, 2015 at 12:55 — No Comments

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