By David Musyoka NAIROBI, (Xinhua)
International mining experts have called
on African countries, companies and individuals to
ensure compliance with international standards and
agreements related to natural resources.
statement issued in Nairobi on Monday following a
two-day meeting also agreed on the importance of raising
awareness at the international level, including in
end-user countries on the issue of compliance.
“Participants committed to strengthen their partnerships
through increased synergy and coordinate respective
interventions to maximize the collective impact of
efforts to curb the illegal exploitation and trade of
natural resources,” it said.
was organized by the International Conference on the
Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Office of the Special
Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes
consultation, 65 experts and stakeholders from Africa,
Europe, North America and Australia, including civil
society organizations and representatives from the
mining industry, government institutions, donors, think
tanks and UN agencies, funds and programs pointed out
challenges and agreed on prioritized recommendations
focusing on sustainable and transparent management and
governance of natural and renewable resources.
participants recommended that ICGLR member states make
public the production and export statistics of natural
resources and harmonize taxation regimes at the
provincial, national and regional levels, especially on
the trade of gold.
suggested that all companies in the natural resources
sector are audited and that financial records are
available in the public domain.
experts said, will also contribute to ensuring further
progress in the implementation of the Pact on Security,
Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region, and
the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for DRC
and the region.
agreed on the need to strengthen regional cooperation
among the judiciaries, police and customs services to
address the illegal trade of natural resources.