African Development Bank campaigns support for Africa’s sustainable investments


The African Development Bank (ADB) under the leadership of its African Natural Resources Center (ANRC), hosted a series of events at Mining Indaba 2016 in a concerted campaign to support African Governments in their efforts to attract sustainable and environmentally friendly investment. One of the world’s largest mining conferences in the world, Mining Indaba took place from February 8-11 in Cape Town, South Africa.

The AfDB delegation included representatives from the ANRC, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), the Africa50 Infrastructure Fund, as well as the Bank’s Development Research, Regional Integration and Trade, and Private Sector Departments.

Activities included a lively panel discussion on the role of regional governments in attracting investment, which was chaired by Sheila Khama, ANRC’s Director. Panelists were Addi Azza, Advisor to the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco; Sujoy Bose, Director and Global Head of Infrastructure and Natural Resources at the International Finance Corporation; and Cheickna Seydi Ahamadi Diawara, Malian Minister of Mines. The debate prompted comments and questions from attending African Ministers, Chief Executive Officers of leading mining companies, African Union Commissioners, representatives from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Africa Mining Vision, as well as international development partners.

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