African leaders convene in Ghana to discuss value addition

04Dec 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
African leaders convene in Ghana to discuss value addition

UONGOZI Institute in collaboration with the O ce of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana have organized a two-day regional forum on ‘Enhancing value addition in the extractive sector in Africa,’ which starts in Accra today.

Ghanaian Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

Ghanaian Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is due to o cially open the forum which has attracted at experts from both public and private sector, aca- demia and civil society from the continent and some parts of the world.

In a statement, UONGOZI Institute said the main objective of the forum is to accelerate discussions on how African countries should position themselves to optimize bene ts from the extractive sector through implementation of value addition initiatives.Speci cally, the forum will focus on

identifying areas along the value chain with greater potential for value addition in the extractive sector which include: public policy, legal and regulatory environment for an integrated extractive in- dustry within African countries.

It will also look at nancing options, measures to encourage local business participation, technology and skills re- quired but also health, safety, security, and environmental considerations draw- ing knowledge from lessons learnt from a regional perspective.

“During the two-days, delegates will be able to share experiences and recom- mend e ective approaches in encourag- ing value addition or processing in the extractive sector. A summary of the key outcomes is anticipated to inform the implementation of value addition initiatives in Africa,” the statement added.

UONGOZI Institute supports African leaders to attain sustainable develop- ment for their nations and for the conti- nent.

The institute which is based in Dar es Salaam, seeks to inspire leaders and pro- mote recognition of the important role of leadership in sustainable development.

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