Presentation on theme: "European Commission Enterprise and Industry Raw Materials Co-operation: A Win-Win for Africa & the EU First meeting of the ACP Ministers in charge of the."— Presentation transcript:
European Commission Enterprise and Industry Raw Materials Co-operation: A Win-Win for Africa & the EU First meeting of the ACP Ministers in charge of the development of mining resources Brussels, December 2010 European Commission Enterprise and Industry Abraão de Carvalho HOU, ENTR/G/3 Metals, Minerals, Raw Materials
European Commission Enterprise and Industry Raw Materials A new challenge for the EU and for the World Population growth Industrialisation of the emerging and developing economies New technologies Increased pressure on natural resources
European Commission Enterprise and Industry Raw Materials This challenge: is structural, not short-term is global and is not limited to the EU No country in the world (developed, emerging or developing) can be considered self-sufficient in all materials We all depend on others
European Commission Enterprise and Industry Raw Material Initiative (started 2008) Integrated strategy aimed at fostering sustainable supply and use of raw materials Founded on three pillars (external, internal, efficiency) Coherent approach in that all pillars are inter-related and need to be tackled in unison Therefore, RMI not wholly external as we are also acting within the EU and on efficiency i.e. not just about trade The large scope creates complex challenges Covers many areas (environment, development, land use, financial markets etc) the challenges are numerous …no silver bullet
European Commission Enterprise and Industry Raw Materials Initiative II. Right framework conditions within the EU in order to foster sustainable supply from European sources I. Ensuring sustainable supply of raw materials from International Markets III. Boosting resource efficiency and recycling to reduce the EU's consumption of primary raw materials
Development Section of Pillar I Overall aim: to increase coherence between EU development policy and the EU's need for undistorted access to raw materials in order to create win-win situations Main Objectives from Communication from 2008: Strengthening States Promote a sound investment climate that helps increase supply (including transparency in mining revenues) Promote sustainable management of raw materials
European Commission Enterprise and Industry Turning Objectives into Reality Future EU-Africa Co-operation on Raw Materials African Union Commission / European Commission agreement in Addis Ababa, June 2010, to launch co-operation on raw materials in three areas: Governance Infrastructure / investment Geological knowledge / skills New co-operation within EU-AU Joint Strategy Within Africa-EU partnership on regional integration, trade and infrastructure Aim is to work toward a coherent vision on development, mining and raw materials Based on AUs African Mining Vision & EUs RMI A holistic & pragmatic approach bringing together issues important for both continents
European Commission Enterprise and Industry Turning Objectives into Reality Future EU-Africa Co-operation on Raw Materials Several actions to be included in next Joint Strategy Focus on getting right balance between: Having a long term positive impact Agreeing & defining concrete goals to be achieved in short-, medium- and long-term However, to maintain momentum and involvement, seeing what actions can be done or started in next 3 years This is why we are happy to see three areas identified with 3/4 actions per area Mostly based on what AU has identified in AMV paper
European Commission Enterprise and Industry 1. Governance in the mining sector Areas for co-operation Promote natural resources governance including special focus on increasing revenue transparency applying appropriate fiscal regimes; and involving relevant stakeholders including the civil society Promote & provide training on best practices to negotiate mineral contracts Assist in developing policy scenarios for promoting trade and the sustainable development of the mining sector
European Commission Enterprise and Industry 2. Infrastructure & Investments relating to mining Areas for co-operation Getting materials to market Developing analytical tools for mapping mining development corridors for investment promotion Fostering diversification assess opportunities for increasing local content and value- added namely through local processing of African mineral resources, particularly by SMEs Improving investment climate through clear and stable mineral policies including clarity relating to land use planning for minerals and authorisation processes Promote CSR at all levels
European Commission Enterprise and Industry 3. Geological Knowledge & Skills Areas for co-operation Foster further co-operation between African and European geological surveys Making the most of what is already known Facilitate exploring mineral resources potential in Africa For example, by using technologies to help identify new potential Improve material stewardship & environmental protection Support capacity building in such areas as rehabilitation of mining sites and management of secondary raw materials (recycling).
European Commission Enterprise and Industry EU-Africa Business Forum ( Tripoli) on November 2010 Raw materials: create a win-win for Africa and the EU Business leaders call on Heads of State and Government of the EU- Africa Summit, based on the African mining vision and the EU raw material initiative, to: Strengthen EU-Africa relations in the area of raw materials through partnerships with a particular focus on improving governance (fighting corruption and promoting transparency notably through EITI), exchange of best practices, setting up raw materials databases and enabling industrialization in Africa. Work together with international partners to increase transparency in setting up of contracts and government- payments principles and practices to enable a level- playing field for industry worldwide.
European Commission Enterprise and Industry Set up the right investment climate in African countries to enable industrialisation, up-stream value-creation and transparency. Exchange of best practices between the EU and AU on extractive industry policies is encouraged. Leverage private sector investments with EU aid, for example to improve infrastructure, including roads and ports. Launch a partnership that is pragmatic, focused on deliverables and encourages participation from European and African companies, including reliable NGOs where appropriate.
European Commission Enterprise and Industry Next Steps First time that raw materials have been included: Co-operation will be a work-in progress We should amend actions where necessary Dont want to reinvent the wheel Will build, where possible, on existing measures We will work within EU to: (Further) identify available instruments Increase awareness and participation of active MSs Will fully engage over coming months with African partners to agree common goals for each action agreed
European Commission Enterprise and Industry Next Steps Would welcome feedback from African states, in particular ACP Countries, on areas they consider a priority Would welcome involvement of private sector from both continents in making this a success We suggest to keep regular meetings between the European Commission and the Secretariat of ACP Countries
European Commission Enterprise and Industry Thank you for your attention !