Mining experts, representatives of civil society and government officials who were attending the 5 day annual strategy meeting, have agreed that there is need for a reform process in the mining sector through harmonised legislation to ensure uniformity in demanding multinational companies to participate in meaningful development of the countries they operate in.
Mr. Yao Graham from Ghana said the issue of harmonising fiscal regimes in the mining sector remains critical as currently, individual companies are competing for external investors prejudicing themselves of thousands of dollars in royalties and taxes.
â€œWe need to come up with harmonised framework that should ensure that individual countries benefit from natural resources,â€ said Graham.
Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association Director, Mr. Mthuso Dhliwayo, who hosted the annual meeting, noted that focus now is on ensuring thatÂ Africa speaks with one voice in determining the way minerals are traded on the international market.
â€œWe have had fruitful deliberations and as civil society we have agreed to engage our individual governments in that regard,â€ said Mr Mthuso.
African Initiative on Mining, Environment and Society AIMES which is a Pan-African network of organisations, groups, communities and individuals engaged in extractive sector advocacy, in particular mining.
As a network, it offers a framework for collaboration to strengthen collective actions that advance community interest, environmental sustainability and development in relation to the mining sector. It has representation in 15 countries.