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SarWatch Writer
PRESS RELEASE: Alternative Mining Indaba for The Democratic Republic of Congo 2020 Kicks Off in Lubumbashi, Haut-Katanga Province

PRESS RELEASE: Alternative Mining Indaba for The Democratic Republic of Congo 2020 Kicks Off in Lubumbashi, Haut-Katanga Province.

18-19 November 2020

The Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) is proud to host the fourth annual Alternative Mining Indaba of the Democratic Republic of Congo (AMI/RDC2020) in Lubumbashi in the province of Haut-Katanga which takes place from 18 to 19 November at the Pullman Lubumbashi Grand Karavia Hotel, in partnership with the Provincial Government of Haut-Katanga, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and World Vision International (WVI).

Since its inception in 2017 AMI/RDC has brought together various stakeholders and served as a public platform that allows them to initiate discussions for the improvement of governance in the Congolese mining sector. It is a framework for open and sincere debates between national and provincial governments, businesses, local communities and Civil Society Organizations. It brings together more than 200 participants each year.

The theme for this year’s event is “the management and impacts of the mining royalty on the development of Decentralized Territorial Entities (ETD) in the context of COVID-19″.  Delegates are expected to discuss the challenges and prospects for the management of mining royalties by ETDs in order to push national, provincial and local government authorities to act to promote and accelerate community development through the opportunities created by the State through the revision of the Mining Code in the DRC.

Minister of Mines in DRC, Professor Willy Kitobo Samsoni will deliver the opening and closure address at the AMI/RDC 2020. Speakers who are expected to address the conference include Jacques Kyabula Katwe, Haut-Katanga Governor, Richard Muyej, Lualaba Governor, René Ilunga Banza, Provincial Minister of Mines of Haut-Katang, Jean-Marie Tshizainga, Provincial Minister of Mines of Lualaba, Archbishop of Lubumbashi, Jean Pierre Tafunga, Louis Watum, President of the Chamber of Mines, Marie-Chantal Kaninda, Glencore Executive Director, Vianney Dong Tshisekedi, Senior Advisor of World Vision International, Honorable Dominique Inamizi Munongo, Member of Parliamentary and many others from different civil society organizations, parliament, mining communities members, and heads of decentralized territorial entities.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions this year, only 100 people can be attended in the conference, however, the conference will also be available for livestream on Zoom. Registration for the Zoom livestream can be made here.

For enquiries, contact:

Patricia Ngoy Mango: +243817070128

PatriciaN@sarwatch.org

 

Masutane Modjadji: +27833078355

MasutaneM@sarwatch.org

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