Mike Allen Hammah, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has called on operators in the mining sector to ensure sustainable development to improve the lives of the people in the communities where they operate.
Speaking at the opening of this year’s West Africa Mining and Power Exhibition and Conference (WAMPEX/WAMPOC) themed, ‘Deepening Partnerships for the Sustainable Development of Africa’s Energy and Mineral Resources,’ he said it was important for players in the mining industry to build linkages for the development of society.
“I believe that mining companies can do more in the area of sustainable development when they deepen partnership not only with government but also stakeholders such as the community, civil society groups and NGO’s, and the academia”
Deepening stakeholder partnerships, the minister noted, was fundamental to advancing the development of the industry, confronting local and global challenges such as illegal mining and economic recession and accelerating progress towards internationally agreed goals such as the Millennium Development Goals.
He said it was through strong partnership among stakeholders that the industry could realize the achievement of the six priority areas emphasized by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).
The priority areas include poverty reduction, revenue management, regional development planning, local content, social investment and dispute resolution.