Call for Papers: Back to Base: Reframing the role of industrial minerals and construction materials in Africa’s resource development strategy Research symposium

Geolocation

Deadline: 

07/1/16

Event Date: 

10/16/16 to 10/19/16

Location name: 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Organization: 

African Mining Legislation Atlas , World Bank Group, the African Legal Support Facility, the Africa Union Commission and the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

Back to Base: Reframing the role of industrial minerals and construction materials in Africa’s resource development strategy

Research symposium

African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, October 16-19, 2016 

The African Union’s 50-year development blueprint - Agenda 2063 - sets out a vision for the structural transformation of Africa through green industrialization. Aspiration 1 of the Agenda highlights the importance of the beneficiation of Africa’s natural resources, manufacturing, industrialization and value addition, as well as raising productivity and competitiveness. While the global discourse is concentrated on the development challenges faced by resource rich African countries due to the cyclical price fluctuations in high-value metals coupled with poor sector governance, the minerals that are most necessary for transformational development and are less sensitive to global market forces – industrial minerals, construction materials and dimension stones – are coming into sharper focus for the continent.

Industrial minerals, construction materials and dimension stones include all non-metallic and non-energy minerals mined for their commercial value. Examples include barite, bentonite, borates, calcium carbonate, clays, diatomite, feldspar, granite, gypsum, industrial sand, kaolin, limestone, marble, silica, soda ash, talc, wollastonite and zeolite. Despite their importance for domestic economic development (infrastructure, manufacturing, construction and agriculture to name a few) there is relatively little published literature that objectively assesses the opportunities, challenges and potential strategies through which African countries may approach the beneficiation and value addition of these minerals.

In an attempt to fill this knowledge gap, the African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) Project through the collaboration of the World Bank Group, the African Legal Support Facility, the Africa Union Commission and the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme will host a research symposium to assess the opportunities and challenges of beneficiation, mineral processing and value addition of industrial minerals, construction materials and dimension stones in Africa, to be held at the African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, from October 16 – 19, 2016.

Symposium Scope

The Symposium seeks to assess the policy, legal, economic, geoscience, sustainability and development approaches necessary to improve the enabling environment for industrial minerals and construction materials in Africa. While all scales of mining will be considered, artisanal, small-scale and medium scale mining enterprises are especially important in the mining and quarrying of industrial minerals, construction materials and dimension stones. The Symposium will function in a “book sprint” style format, with the goal of facilitating the discussion of engendered research and, on the basis of the research, draft legal provisions for the AMLA Project’s Guiding Template, a reference tool designed to assist African governments who are revising or instituting new mining laws. In addition, the Symposium will also facilitate the production of an edited volume of the research papers discussed at the Symposium.  

The organizers are soliciting papers addressing one or more of the following topics:

  • Innovative cross-continental or regional economic assessment of industrial minerals and construction materials sector: Lessons, opportunities and challenges from Africa’s 5 regions.
  • Structuring the value chain of the industrial minerals, construction materials and dimension stones sectors for investment attractiveness, particularly providing incentives to domestic mining enterprises, and a comparative analysis of the success of investment promotion strategies.
  • Linkages between industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones and development in the infrastructure, manufacturing and agricultural sectors in Africa.
  • Best practices in structuring accreditation, training and registration processes to encourage policy-facilitated growth in beneficiation, processing, and, to the extent it occurs, refining (e.g. sand and salt), of industrial minerals, construction materials and dimension stones.
  • Reviews of the effectiveness of law and policy governing quarrying, mining, beneficiation, value addition and use of industrial minerals, construction materials and dimension stones.
  • Opportunities and challenges in integrating international trade law into domestic policy and legislation on industrial minerals, construction materials and dimension stones.
  • Analysis of the outcomes of formalization of artisanal and small-scale mines and quarries in the industrial minerals, construction materials and dimension stones sectors in Africa.

Submission Guidelines

To be considered, please fill out the application form below in full, including a detailed abstract of 300-500 words in either English or French. Please outline the research methods and a brief discussion of why the author(s) have chosen the topic(s) to be discussed. Note that the final paper should be between 5000-6000 words excluding references and endnotes. The final paper should also be accompanied by an executive summary of 2-5 pages.

Abstracts should be submitted to feedback@a-mla.org with Beverley Mbu (bmbu@worldbank.org) and (development.minerals@undp.org) in copy, by July 1, 2016 on the understanding that the abstract will form the basis for the final paper to be submitted by September 9, 2016. Experts should identify their submission with the following subject line: “Research Symposium on Industrial Minerals Submission.”

Decisions on submitted abstracts will be made by July 8, 2016. Authors must confirm participation within one week of acceptance notification.

Sponsorship is available for select African authors to attend the Symposium, upon justified request. Please indicate whether sponsorship is necessary for your attendance in the application form below. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Discussions and opinions presented at the Symposium will not be for attribution. However, if invited to participate in the Symposium, you will be required to sign a release form to allow the Symposium partners including the media to use photographs and/ or video images of you to promote awareness of the programme in publications and other printed materials, on websites, and in broadcast media. If your paper is selected for publication, you will be required to sign the relevant release forms in order for the paper to be published.

Timeline

July 1: Call for papers closes

July 8: Decisions given based on proposal submissions

September 9: Submit completed papers

October 16-19, 2016: Symposium

For further information please direct Inquiries to:

Nneoma V. Nwogu

Senior Counsel and AMLA Task Team Lead

The World Bank Group

nnwogu@worldbank.org

 

Frank Mugyenyi

Senior Industry Adviser, Department of Trade and Industry

Africa Union Commission

mugyenyiF@africa-union.org

Dr Daniel Franks

Programme Manager ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme,

United Nations Development Programme

daniel.franks@undp.org

About the African Mining Legislation Atlas Project

The African Mining Legislation Atlas (AMLA) project is a legislation gathering, organization, dissemination and capacity building project designed to support African countries in maximizing mineral resource benefits through:

•             promoting transparency, accessibility and comparison of Africa’s mining laws;

•             facilitating the preparation, revision and implementation of mining laws;

•             providing a living database that will catalyze research and policy debates on legal and regulatory               issues; and

•             promoting the development of local legal expertise on mining laws.

AMLA achieves this through three main activities: (1) creation of the AMLA platform (www.a-mla.org), a free online one-stop resource for Africa's mining legal framework (mining codes, regulations and related legislation) with interactive features to provide comparative data; (2) production of the guiding template, an annotated document that outlines a menu of legislative solutions to assist countries in the preparation or revision of their mining laws; and (3) capacity building through training (on-ground and remotely) of African law students in the use of the platform and overall mining law issues.  

Initiated by the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency in 2013, the AMLA project works in partnership with the African Legal Support Facility, the African Union Commission and several African universities and other global private and public institutions.

About the African Union Commission Department of Trade and Industry

The African Union Commission is the African Union’s secretariat, established under article 5 of the AU Constitutive Act as the successor to the OAU General Secretariat. Its specific functions are varied, as set out in article 3 of the Commission Statutes, and include representing and defending the interests of the African Union; initiating proposals to be submitted to the AU’s organs as well as implement decisions taken by them; and providing operational support for all AU organs.

The Commission is composed of a chairperson, deputy chairperson and eight commissioners, with each commissioner elected by the Executive Council for four-year mandates. The Department of Trade and Industry is currently led by HE Mrs. Fatima Haram Acyl, with a core mandate of supporting the AU in boosting intra-African trade, fast tracking establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and ensuring Africa’s competitiveness in the global economy. The Department supports Africa’s transformation by promoting diversification and modernisation of production structures.

With three divisions, Trade, Industry and Customs Cooperation, the Department is also responsible for implementing initiatives such as Accelerating Industrialisation of Africa (AIDA) and the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), which promote transparency, social responsibility and tax compliance in the extractive industry.

About the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, a three-year, €13.1 million capacity building program of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, financed by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and implemented by UNDP. The aim of the programme is to build the profile, and improve the management, of Neglected Development Minerals (industrial minerals; construction materials; dimension stones; and semi-precious stones). The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme supports the capacity development of key stakeholders in the sector such as regulatory agencies and local governments; private stakeholders including small-scale mining enterprises, construction companies, mining and quarrying associations; as well as training centres, universities, civil society organizations and community groups.

The ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme is implemented at both the regional and country levels. At the regional level, the programme conducts capacity building activities with participants from forty (40) ACP countries (28 in Africa) through regional training workshops, field trips, the production of guidance products and knowledge exchange. At the country level, in depth capacity building is undertaken with six focus countries: Cameroon (Central Africa); Guinea - Conakry (West Africa); Uganda (East Africa); Zambia (Southern Africa); Jamaica (Caribbean); and Fiji (Pacific). Country-level activities include: training; small grants; the production of maps and databases; development of regulations on environment, health and safety; organization of community dialogues, technology fairs and networking events.

APPLICATION FORM

Read these instructions carefully and ensure you submit a full and complete application. Please use BLOCK LETTERS.       Applicants must complete all applicable sections of this form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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