The African Natural Resources Center is holding a day workshop on value chain policies on select natural resources like iron ore, diamonds, natural gas and tilapia today at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana at exactly 9am.
Named High Level Policy Dialogue, the workshop is aimed at strengthening the capacity of RMCs to effectively design and implement competitive downstream policies for value addition. It will also enhance the ability of governments to negotiate with investors.
Despite, Africa’s endowment with both renewable and nonrenewable natural resources, many countries face challenges in transforming their resource wealth into sustained growth. This is largely been attributed to weak development of the value chains of extractive resources, These extractive resources offer a unique opportunity for driving economic growth, promoting economic diversification and creating jobs.
Panel discussions will be held on natural resources the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, John Peter Amewu, will join a high-level panel at the opening of the workshop. This dialogue will also bring together government officials, the media, private sector companies, academia and CSOs from the Economic Community for West Africa States (ECOWAS) to discuss value chains in the gas, iron ore, diamonds, and fish sectors. ‘
The African Natural Resources Center is a non-lending department of the African Development Bank (AfDB)with a mandate to assist African countries maximize development outcomes derived from natural resources.