Maputo, Mozambique, 4 December 2019: A seven-day regional workshop aimed at discussing issues around the sustainable development of Africa’s mining sector dubbed ‘The 2019 African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA)’ kicked off on 02 December 2019 in Maputo, Mozambique. The workshop is gathering legal academics and practitioners in mining sector that serve as advisory to the Legal Research Team (LRT) to facilitate knowledge sharing and the creation of a network of specialized African experts.
The official opening of the AMLA 2019 workshop was held at the university Eduardo Mondlane on Monday 2nd, 2019 and was officiated by the Rector of the university Mr. Orlando Quilambo.
The AMLA Project is one of the flagship projects of the ALSF implemented with different partners including the World Bank’s Legal vice Presidency, the Extractive Industries Technical Assistance Facilities (EI-TAF), the African Union Commission (AUC), and several African law faculties including the three African universities that will serve as host universities for the AMLA project: Eduardo Mondlane University (Maputo), Strathmore University (Nairobi-Nigeria) and Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar-Senegal).
It brings together about 50 participants from across the world including government officials, private sector representatives, NGOs, international organizations such the World Bank, Academics, and advanced law students and legal professionals from 17 African universities and 16 African countries of which 5 are from fragile/transitioning states.
Officiating the AMLA event, Mr. Quilambo noted the importance of the workshop and sharing knowledge on the mining sector. He went on, urging participants to be mindful about the balance of how to reward capital investment into the Mining sector.
On that day, eminent participants from across the continent and beyond including government officials, private sector representatives, NGOs, international organizations such as the African Development Bank country manager in Mozambique, Mr. Pietro Toigo, Mrs. Esperança Bias, former Minister of Mineral Resources in Mozambique, Mrs. Marcelina Joel, Head of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy and Mr. Adriano Sevano, Director of the National Mining Institute in Mozambique.
Ms. Noellie GAH, AMLA Task Manager & Coordinator at the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) highlighted the value of the workshop towards the future of Africa's mining sector and commended ALSF’s key role in mining development across Africa.
About the ALSF
Created by the African Development Bank in 2010, the ALSF supports governments in negotiating complex commercial transactions, providing legal and technical assistance in public-private partnership projects across the oil and gas, mining and energy sectors, and covering sovereign debt issues and creditor litigation.
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