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Kabwe: A New Optimism?

"Little Shop"​ in Kabwe - photo credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Store_in_kabwe.jpg

Kabwe is the capital of…


Added by daniel gilbert on March 14, 2017 at 11:20 — 3 Comments

Malawi's New Mining Map Cadastre - Landfolio for Natural Resources

Stakeholder Listening Exercise; February/ March 2017 Daniel Gilbert – Independent Mining & Metals Researcher


This article reports on the introduction of Trimble's Landfolio for Natural Resources (Landfolio) implementation in Malawi; the policy context for that product’s introduction; and stakeholder views therein.



In many cases, this…


Added by daniel gilbert on March 7, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

Coal Not Dole, An Idea We Should Dig Up?

Turn lignite (brown coal) mine, southwest of Poland, in Lower Silesia;



Added by daniel gilbert on September 9, 2016 at 1:00 — 1 Comment

Mining Companies Bring Sustainability to the Surface - read about genuine CSR in the mineral sector & how it seeks to break the mould.

I am pleased to share unlocked (for about 2 weeks +) content from Barron's US Edition, below; after this time period the content will revert to subscriber only, so do read it now.

The article is by my good friend and very able journalist, researcher and responsible mining expert, Joseph Kirschke. He quotes examples from Cambodia, South Africa, Chile, Botswana, Burkina Faso and Brazil;…


Added by daniel gilbert on March 21, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Extractive Industries of Tajikistan & Happy Persian New Year! (Nowruz)

Nowruz Mubarak! (for Monday, Mar 21, 2016,).  For the uninitiated, that means Happy Persian New Year (Nowruz)! and this coming Monday is the United Nations-recognised International Day of Nowruz.

It has been far too long since I have spent Spring or Summer in a part of the world where Nowruz is widely celebrated; the Summer of 2010, to be precise, when I was in Dushanbe and the western provinces of Tajikistan.  That trip took me to the grand Nurek Dam, the second tallest man-made dam…


Added by daniel gilbert on March 18, 2016 at 17:13 — 3 Comments

Adjusting to the Extractive Industries "New Normal"

How times change.  From the summer of 2002 to that of 2007, Anglo American PLC’s share price marched upwards, with only minor and short-lived reverses, from about £8.36 at the start of August 2002 to £32.22 by June 8th 2007, a rise of nearly 300% in less than five years.  Earlier this month it gained the unwanted notoriety of become the worst…


Added by daniel gilbert on December 11, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

What has Philosopher Theodore Zeldin got to do with public interest financial modeling in the extractives sector?

Twenty years before I got into the world of extractive industries governance I studied Economics at university (Edinburgh, UK).  Albeit not for very long: my Masters was in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and I decided to major in Politics, so that amounted to four years of study, rather than the other ‘P’ or the ‘E’, which only got two years of study (all concurrently).  And, yes, I am that old. 

I mention this both in the context of…


Added by daniel gilbert on November 6, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

A request made to fellow GOXians

Hi, Everyone

As a simple member of the GOXI community, please could I make the following request of everyone contributing to this forum:  please provide basic geographical information.  

Geographical context is vital if there is going to be any shared understanding, e.g. (& please note that these are made-up examples):

"The National Petroleum Commission said ...." leads to the obvious question: the National Petroleum Commission of which country?  Ditto the "National…


Added by daniel gilbert on October 18, 2015 at 23:30 — 3 Comments

Malawian Voices, Malawi’s Natural Resources Extractive Industries (EI) Listening Exercise

This report brings together the insights from my in-country research into Malawi's extractive industries conducted last Autumn over a five week period spanning much of September and October.

The full report is available here.

As such, the document forms part of the suite of Malawian extractives documents available via the …


Added by daniel gilbert on March 16, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

What does the demise of the International Energy, Skills & Training Alliance tell us?

As of the 1st August 2013 International Energy, Skills & Training Alliance (IESTA) will be no more, bar a LinkedIn Group.  I suspect that the response of most (all?) GOXIans to this news will be - never heard of IESTA, where have they been hiding?

I will be frank - and of course these are my personal thoughts, not those of my …


Added by daniel gilbert on July 17, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Happy Birthday Mozambique - personal reflections of GOXIan Daniel Gilbert

As I write this, today (Tuesday 25th June 2013) is Mozambique’s Independence Day, and its 38th Birthday as an independent nation.   Happy Birthday Mozambique.

My first awareness of this country was as a school child – Hugh, one of my “best friends” (kids have  many friends who all, somehow, are their “best friend”, as any parent will attest) was from Mozambique.   Hugh’s dad worked for Lonhro managing a big estate farm and he was sent to Bedales School, Hampshire, England – where I…


Added by daniel gilbert on June 25, 2013 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Women, Careers in the Oil & Gas Sector, and Scottish Independence

On the 8th March 2013, International Women's Day, the University of Dundee will host a public debate: 'Independence: a distraction or an opportunity for Scottish women?'

Members of the Scottih Parliament (MSPs) Shona Robison and Kezia Dugdale, and others, will examine the role that women will play in deciding the nation's future.  Both MSPs have kindly given interviews ahead of the debate to the University of Dundee-led …


Added by daniel gilbert on March 7, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Reflections on Ghanaian Independence Day - 6th March 2013

Please see below the thoughts and reflections of three Ghanaian users of the project, The Extractive Industries Source Book - Source Book resources includes those relating to: the Ghanaian mining; and Ghanaian oil & gas sectors.



Added by daniel gilbert on March 7, 2013 at 12:52 — No Comments

Its Our Oil? Focus on Scotland.

Oil is central to the polity of many nations; for example,  the industry in both Venezuela and Uganda have been the subject of recent, excellent, OpenOil/GOXI blogs.  However, this is equally true of  countries that are less blogged…


Added by daniel gilbert on January 7, 2013 at 17:30 — No Comments

Extractives Communications - a little more imagination, please

I am frankly amazed at the myopic perspective of some, but not all, oil and gas firms when it comes to corporate communications.  Myopic firms - and, yes, there seem to be quite a few of them - seem unable to look beyond crisis management responses communications issues.  Of course, these are important, but please wake up and smell the coffee - there is so much more, and so much more positive, things to focus on.

For instance:

1)      Community engagement – what are you doing…


Added by daniel gilbert on January 7, 2013 at 15:39 — No Comments

Tajikistan Minerals - a story of opportunity and geopolitics

Tajikistan, the central Asian state with a past history centred on the Silk Route and, more recently, as a member SSR of the Soviet Union, is a land of great opportunities for Minerals development but also one plagued by geopolitics.

Let's start with the minerals.

The Tajik Government states that:

“Mining and Minerals: Underneath Tajikistan's ever-present mountains lie a wide array of natural resources, many of which have not yet been exploited because of their…


Added by daniel gilbert on September 24, 2012 at 18:01 — No Comments

Odd one out?

Is “Sustainable Development” the odd one out when it comes to the Extractive Industries Value Chain?

This Value Chain is commonly accepted to consist of the following:

  1. Policy, Legal and Contractual Framework
  2. Sector Organization and Institutions…

Added by daniel gilbert on July 16, 2012 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

Africa Geodata and a Francophone Source Book

One of the biggest changes taking place, in different stages, at the Extractive Industries Source Book relates to African Geodata.  This, for me, ranks alongside in significance the translation of the narrative webpages (i.e. all 9 Chapters) into French, so that the website is able to reach whole new audiences, especially those in Francophone west Africa.


Actually, the two things above go together rather…

Added by daniel gilbert on June 28, 2012 at 16:30 — 3 Comments

GOXI and the Centre de Recherche sur le droit des investissements et des marchés internationaux, CREDIMI

A very warm welcome to the GOXI community to Julian Cardenas of CREDIMI (see below).  It is great to see CREDIMI represented on this platform, and I am pleased to make this introduction of them to everyone on GOXI.

The Research Centre on Investment and International Trade Law (Centre  de Recherche sur le droit des…


Added by daniel gilbert on June 11, 2012 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Focus on Local Content

Throughout my time on the EI Source Book, since September 2011, one of the most consistently popular discussion topics is that of Local Content, that is obligations upon international resource companies to a) procure from suppliers ‘locally’ (a misnomer – this actually means nationally in practice), to varying degrees dependent upon what is being procured and hence how high to realistically pitch the targets,…


Added by daniel gilbert on May 15, 2012 at 14:00 — 9 Comments


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