Mozambique calls for a people-centered and planet-sensitive implementation of the mining policyMar 13, 2017
The Government of Mozambique and the United Nations (UN) rolled out the implementation plan of the Policy and Strategy for Mineral Resources (PERM) in an event that brought together participants from ministries and other government institutions, the UN, civil society, media, private sector, academia, and other partners.
Mozambique’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Leticia Klemens and the UN’s Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the country Marcia de Castro opened the validation session on 10 March 2017 in the capital city Maputo.
Mozambique’s mining policy and strategy was designed to strategically adjust to today’s dynamic and growing activity of the mineral resources in the country, as well as to closely align with the tenets of the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), which calls for transparent, equitable and optimal exploitation of mineral resources to underpin broad-based sustainable growth and socio-economic development. Mozambique, alongside other African Union Member States, adopted the AMV in 2009.
Minister Klemens, said, “The policy identifies and addresses the opportunities as well as the challenges currently facing the country in this sector. It recognizes the non-renewable nature of mineral resources and aims to establish strong linkages in mineral resources and local economy, and acts to transform the proceeds of mining in other more lasting forms of human, social and physical capital.”
Mozambique is naturally endowed with an abundance and variety of natural resources ranging from minerals to coal, heavy sands and natural gas, and as part of the country’s visual development trajectory, the government is forecasting that in 2022-23, planned investments in natural resource extraction will cause public revenues to rise to as high as seven percent of the GDP.
UN’s Marcia de Castro noted that the wealth generated from the extractives sector can drive sustainable, inclusive and equitable development. “The extractive industry is a timely catalyst for Mozambique and it is at the right moment that we have this instrument – the implementation plan of the policy- in our hands right now. This is a tool that can transform mineral exploitation as a source of sustainable socio-economic development for the country. Mozambique is ready to harness this unique transformative capability of mineral resources to empower communities and the people, spur industrialization, reduce poverty, and overall, increase benefits for everyone,” she explained.
The implementation plan would act as the road map of the policy—identifying gaps, validating information and data as well as detailing the priorities and landmarks of the Policy. It will detail the set of action points as well as map out the outline of activities that will point the way to the ultimate direction—having tangible and measurable results on the ground.
On a final note, UNDP’s extractives adviser in Mozambique, Marit Kitaw, emphasized, “The policy presents an opportunity and can have a tremendous impact—it is people-centered and planet sensitive; and the implementation plan will allow us to go forward more efficiently in Mozambique in line with the universally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals.”
Note for editors:
- Africa Mining Vision (AMV): Formally adopted by African heads of state in 2009, the AMV puts Africa’s long term and broad development objectives at the heart of all policy-making concerned with mineral extraction. It is the continent’s own response to tackling the paradox of great mineral wealth existing side by side with pervasive poverty.
- The African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) works with Member States of the African Union (AU) to fast-track alignment of their mineral sector development to the Africa Mining Vision, to achieve better developmental outcomes.
Ms. Daisy Leoncio,
African Mineral Development Centre
Mr. Luis Zaqueu,
United Nations Development Programme (UND)) Mozambique