Senegal: ECOWAS civil society ponders regional mining code

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A three-day regional workshop on the contribution of the West African civil society organizations to the promotion of an ECOWAS mining legal and regulatory framework opened Monday in Dakar with about 40 participants drawn from 14 countries of the economic bloc and Mauritania.

Initiated by Oxfam international agency, the meeting seeks to raise the level of participation by civil society organisations in the adoption of a mining code, besides taking stock of the development policy on mineral resources.

According to the Senegalese national coalition president, Ibrahima Sory Diallo, harmonization of the mining codes in the ECOWAS region will facilitate regulation of the competition between mining companies.

“An harmonized code will also ensure observance of environment protection, human rights and fair revenues for populations”, Mr Diallo added.

The decision for ECOWAS member countries to put in place a common mining code was adopted at the 62nd ordinary session of the Council of Foreign Affairs Ministers held in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

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16 march 2015 18:15:54




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