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The End of the AMLA Workshop: African Union Commissioner HE Fatima Haram Acyl Inspires with Closing Remarks

On December 20, the AMLA Workshop came to an end with closing remarks by HE Fatima Haram Acyl, Commissioner for Trade and Industry at the African Union. The Commissioner underscored the essential presence of Africa’s youth as part of the continent’s sustainable development, and exhorted the students not only to continue working hard, but also to dream big and stay engaged with the sector and each other as they return to their countries of origin. Prior to the closing remarks, the graduating students presented on their original research in English, French and Portuguese, eloquently summarizing their work on topics ranging from local participation in mining and transparency to the proper use of fiscal incentives.

On the previous day, the students concluded their academic training in a series of sessions on mineral and community development agreements led by two-time AMLA trainer Clement Fondufe of Latham & Watkins LLP. These sessions were followed by an introduction to legislative drafting by two-time AMLA trainer Edmond Cibamba Diata of Wafwana and Associates. While the students concluded their learning, the Project Implementing Consortium met for the first time to discuss the future of the AMLA Project through the creation of a sustainability strategy and a Five Year Action Plan.

The Project Implementing Consortium is made up of 15 recognized international and regional institutions that will apply their technical expertise to guide the vision and activities of the AMLA Secretariat and advice the Project's Facilitation Committee on how to ensure a sustainable path for the Project. These institutions which include law firms, universities, research institutes and international organizations are the University of Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique), University of Pretoria (South Africa), University of Strathmore (Kenya), University of Cheikh Anta Diop- Credila (Senegal), African Institute for International Law (Tanzania), Institut de Droit Communautaire (Cote d'Ivoire), Werksmans Law Firm (South Africa), Women in Mining (Sierra Leone/Ghana), University of Dundee-CEPMLP (United Kingdom), Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment (New York), Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Latham and Watkins LLP, Natural Resources Governance Institute, Lexis Nexis, and Vd Academia (Portugal).

Thank you for following the students’ journeys over the last 10 days! Want to learn more about the AMLA Project? Don’t forget to visit us at www.a-mla.org.

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