To boost minig activities, the World Bank has developed new partnership deals with same states. The states are those with high mining potential.
The bank said, would augment its vibrant partnerships with the federal government.
“In Nigeria, we have managed to develop a real ‘partnership’ with the Federal Government and we are still working along with some of the states that have higher mining potential,” said Senior Mining Specialist, Energy and Extractive Industries (GEEDR) at the World Bank, Francisco Igualada.
At the upcoming Nigeria Mining Week in Abuja next month, Igualada will address the high-level industry gathering on ”Establishing a strong foundation for mining sector development: Enhancing competitiveness and fostering domestic investment in Nigeria.”
Igualada said; “The World Bank follows a kind of value chain that brings those countries we support from non-renewable resources to a stage in which sustainable development may take place. Each country has its own idiosyncrasy and characteristics. I am particularly excited about two projects; our critical involvement in DRC in support of the rationalisation of the sector through nearly five years as well as my responsibility in managing our recently approved $150 million loan project (MinDiver) for developing the Nigerian mineral sector and diversifying it from its dependency on other sectors like oil and gas as President Buhari has clearly indicated in his inaugural speech. Two sectors need continuous development in Nigeria, that are agriculture and mining.
“This is the reason why the Minister of Solid Minirals Development Dr. Kayode Fayemi with his drive and strong determination has led the initiative to put Nigeria ‘on the African mining map again’ as, in my opinion, the country deserves.”
He added: “from the Bank’s side, I am really looking forward to contribute to transforming their potential resources into some tangible exploration and exploitation mineral projects bringing economic prosperity and jobs. Nigeria is the first African economy and really needs the employment that mining and all types of value-chain including local content can bring.”
Igualada said his message for the Nigeria Mining Week is that “We need to get it right’ once for all and this means that a strong sector foundation is a must. Afterwards, facilitating downstream sector developments and the enhancement of competitiveness need to happen as a logical result.
“This cannot and should not be improvised and built on a piece-meal basis. Consequently, the only way to bring competitiveness that obviously comes from competing with our external environment is by building an integrated approach that would facilitate sharing information and resources with other development donors that are betting on Nigeria as well. Competing should be both internal and external even if nowadays such distinction is a bit blurred due to globalisation of economies.”
The upcoming Nigeria Mining Week, which is taking place again in Abuja from 16-19 October, is a successful partnership between PwC, the Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) and event organisers, Spin Telligent. This high-level, strategic mining investment platform will link investors, project developers, financiers, technology providers and government to share best practices and demonstrate the latest strategies to evolve the sector successfully.
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