Every year, international mining companies invest large sums in developing economies. Mining activities carry great potential for host countries. Yet the positive development outcomes could be optimised through better coordination between investors, host governments, local stakeholders and large aid donors, such as the EU. Enhanced cooperation becomes even more important in times of tighter budgets and falling commodity prices, which undermine the general ability to implement such projects.
The interactive working session on 1 December will serve to assess the potential of partnerships for development around mining operations, to carry out a gap analysis and to discuss next steps towards structuring such cooperation at EU level. The format of the meeting is a moderated roundtable debate. The discussion will be enlivened through short statements by the European Commission and the European External Action Service as well as through statements by the NGO International Alert and an industry speaker representing Rio Tinto, Glencore and Anglo American.