Determined to maximise support of international bodies and foreign governments in ensuring sustainable growth in the mining and mineral sector, the Federal Government at the weekend inaugurated the Development Partner and Donor Agencies Coordination Group on Mining.
The forum would serve as a platform where development partners and donor agencies meet to review, coordinate and synergise their programs with the aim of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of assistance provided to the mining sector.
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who inaugurated the group at a meeting in Abuja, said government was doing a lot to restore the country’s lost glory in the minerals and mining sector.
This, he said, means more than simply re-enacting the past. “It involves improving governance, transparency and accountability, building an investor-friendly regulatory environment, making the sector more inclusive for artisanal miners and women, and so much more.”
Dr Fayemi said government is driving a public sector-enabled and private sector-led mineral sector transformation and look forward to the support of the development community in achieving the set goals.
At the meeting were representatives of international organisations and donor agencies, including the World Bank, the Department for International Development (DFID), Ford Foundation, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Medecin San Frontieres (MSF), Australian and Canadian governments.
The Minister presented the mining roadmap to the international partners and donor agencies, saying that the document was designed as a guide to return the mining sector back to its pride of place and ensure growth and development of the minerals industry.