INDEPENDENT SP PRESENTS AT 'INTRODUCTION TO MINING IN SIERRA LEONE'

INDEPENDENT SP WEST AFRICA PROJECT COORDINATOR JOSEPH SMITH SHARES PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF 6 MINES, 6 COMMUNITIES PROJECT AT THE ‘INTRODUCTION TO MINING IN SIERRA LEONE’ CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP

Bintumani Hotel Conference Hall, Freetown, SIERRA LEONE

by Joseph Smith, Regional Projects Coordinator, Independent SP – West Africa

The Introduction to Mining in Sierra Leone conference/workshop was organized by ELIXIR and Job Search. The event was supported by the mining companies London Mining  and Sierra Rutile Limited. The conference was staged the Bintumani Hotel Conference Hall here in Freetown Sierra Leone, West Africa and brought together key experienced speakers within the Mining, Oil and Gas industries from both in Sierra Leone and outside the country. The audience ranged from NGOs, INGOs, CSO, Multinational Mining Companies, MDAs connected to both mining and oil and gas here in Sierra Leone such as the National Minerals Agency, The National Revenue Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency. Sierra Leone EITI was also in attendance.

The speakers at the event made presentations on various topics regarding the mining sector in Sierra Leone. Mr. Sahr Wonday, Director of the National Mineral Agency, gave the overview of the importance of mining industry in Sierra Leone including employment, job creation, training and development and the contribution that mining makes to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Mr. Arnold Mason, Director of the Geological Surveys at the National Minerals Agency (NMA) Presented on minerals mined in Sierra Leone and their Uses. Mr. Tani Pratt, Managing Director of CEMMATS Group,  presented on the Life Circle of Mining in Sierra Leone. Mr. Andrew Keili, Executive Director CEMMATS Group, presented on the legislation and regulation governing the mining industries in Sierra Leone; Mr. Yves Ilunga, Chief Financial Officer Sierra Rutile Limited, presented on Financing for Mining Projects; Mr. David O Carew Former Minister of Trade and Finance Government of Sierra Leone, now the CEO of Freetown Nominees (SL) Ltd, presented on understanding Financial Reporting for mining companies; Dr. Mustapha Thomas, Chairman of the National Advocacy Coalition on the on the Extractives (NACE) Presented on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Process;  Independent Social Performance Pte. Ltd, was represented by Mr. Joseph Smith the Regional Coordinator for Independent SP – West Africa, who presented on Community engagement in Mining Affected Communities and how to build productive relationships between mining companies and host communities through engagement and consultation; Ms. Janne Kaiser, Advisor for Natural Resource Governance at GIZ, presented on Mining, Future Trends and Developments. Questions, comments and responses followed after each presentation.

It was a very informative day and we thank the event organisers – and especially Elixer – for inviting Independent Social Performance to be a part of it though our participation and presentation through-out the day.