Kenya among African countries bidding to host continent's mining

16Jan 2018
The Guardian
Kenya among African countries bidding to host continent's mining

KENYA is among five African countries bidding for the hosting of the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), which is currently hosted at the African Union Headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu, expressed optimism that Kenya is well placed to win the bid to host the centre as this will further boost creation of jobs in the country.   He added that president’s support for the sector has expedited the reforms that are geared towards transforming the Mining and Extractives Sector into a leading revenue earner for the country. The AMDC is tasked with supporting African countries in holistic and comprehensive approaches towards designing and implementing concrete practical Africa Mining Vision reforms. This includes ensuring mineral resources play a transformational role in inclusive growth and reduction of poverty, strengthening partnerships to as well as helping to manage mining performance across Africa. “In 2016, the cabinet gave the green light for Kenya to formerly bid to host the African Union’s AMDC the top mining policy body in Africa and Kenya has set aside USD $1Million in the 2016/2017 financial year budget,” said CS Kazungu. Visiting delegates from the African Union Dr. Frank Mugyenyi, Senior Advisor, Trade and Industry and Kami Omale, a Legal Officer, who were in Nairobi for a two-day re-evaluation of the country’s status in respect to her bid to host the Centre said Kenya’s mining sector would benefit great from having the centre should it win the bid. Kenya’s contenders in the bid to host the AMDC include Zambia, Guinea, Mali and Sudan. According to the hosting criteria adopted by the African Union heads of state in 2005, the hosting country should ultimately meet requirements such as a conducive political environment and adequate logistical facilities.

 

Meanwhile, a fire broke out at Amref offices in Lang'ata, Nairobi County, yesterday evening.

Firefighters battled the blaze for an hour before it was put out.

 

Fire and disaster officers say the fire was detected in the upper floor of the building at about 5pm, when most workers were leaving for home.

"We are yet to determine the cause but all we want is that it be contained fast," said   Pius Masai, the deputy director of the National Disaster Management Unit.

"I have spoken with staff and the management and so far all of them are safe," he told the Nation on the phone.

Firefighters from the Wilson Airport and Nairobi County made frantic efforts to contain the fire,  Masai said.

But the fire was spreading fast due to strong winds, he added. They called in reinforcements and the fire was put out at 6pm.

 

In statement, Amref Health Africa Group CEO Githinji Gitahi said: "There are no casualties reported and all staff are accounted for".

The cause of the fire was yet to be established, but they suspected an electric fault.

  Gitahi added that the fire broke out on the top most part of the building that houses the operations team.

He said they are assessing damages and will give the estimates later.

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