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Although Ethiopia has a rich endowment of mineral resources including gold, gemstones and industrial minerals, its mining sector is still in the early stages. If developed in a sustainable and transparent manner, Ethiopia’s resource wealth has the potential to help lift its people out of poverty.
CIRDI and the senior leadership of the MoMPNG and Geological Survey of Ethiopia (GSE) worked closely during the inception phase to ensure that the project’s objectives and outcomes are aligned with the Government of Ethiopia’s priorities and policies, particularly the Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP II), as well as the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Mining Vision.
The SUMM project methodology has five key interrelated concepts:
Gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, inclusive development and environmental management are embedded into all implementation approaches and strategies. See the SUMM project methodology conceptual diagram.
Launched in April 2016, the SUMM Ethiopia project is a five-year, $15 million project funded by Global Affairs Canada. The project is designed to strengthen the capacity and organizational management of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoMPNG) at operational and strategic levels. The project’s overall objectives are to improve resource governance and support the long-term management of a sustainable mining sector in Ethiopia.
SUMM will strengthen human and technical capacity in the MoMPNG to:
Project director, Isabeau Vilandre has established an office in Addis Ababa with the support of the Ministry and is building a project team. In collaboration with the Ministry, CIRDI drafted the five-year Project Implementation Plan (PIP) and the first annual work plan. In November 2016, both plans were approved by the Project Steering Committee, which is composed of representatives from the MoMPNG, Global Affairs Canada and CIRDI.
The project now officially moves into implementation after a period of intensive consultation and collaboration amongst the partners. First priorities include needs assessments to identify gaps and inform the development of customized training programs to build and streamline processes and procedures and enhance individual and institutional capacity.
The SUMM project benefits from the participation of expert contractors to supplement the expertise of our team.
Learn about the Ethiopian government’s systemic approach to mineral sector reform and development in this Global Business Reports interview with Isabeau Vilandre, director of CIRDI’s Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM), […]