In the post-normal times of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the African mining sector finds itself in unchartered and deeply uncertain territory. There is no return to business-as-usual owing to the traumatic shock of worldwide lockdowns, with devasting effects on the global economy.
The extractives industry should see this historic event as an opportunity for novel responses with uniquely African innovations. The African Mining Vision (AMV) represents a collective re-imagination towards transforming African mining futures.
The forward-looking vision seeks to empower policy and regulatory frameworks to maximise the developmental outcomes of mineral resources exploitation on the continent. Yet there is a deficit in the mining sector’s ability to imagine and develop proactive responses to the challenges facing the industry.
The future of African mining cannot be predicted, but ‘preferred futures’ can and should be envisioned, implemented, continuously evaluated, revised and re-envisioned. Thus, the primary task of the leadership executing the AMV is to help individuals and groups formulate, implement and re-envision their preferred African mining futures.
These themes will be discussed in a World Café format, with sessions facilitated by:
- Alex Benkenstein, South African Institute of International Affairs
- Frank Dixon Mugyenyi, African Mineral Development Centre
- Donna Dupont, Purple Compass
- Deon Cloete, South African Institute of International Affairs
- Jerry Ahadjie, African Natural Resources Centre, African Development Bank
- Ross Harvey, Good Governance Africa