The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) and the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) announced on June 20, 2018, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance collaboration to promote the sustainable development of mineral and natural resources for the benefit of people, governments and countries around the world.
“The IGF is devoted to optimizing the benefits on mining to achieve poverty reduction, inclusive growth, social development and environmental stewardship,” said Greg Radford, Director of IGF. “Signing an MOU with CIRDI helps us achieve this goal.”
The partnership will foster knowledge sharing, access to experts, and opportunities for activities and events.
“CIRDI and the IGF have worked together on a number of international projects where we’ve combined our respective strengths and experience,” said Rob Stevens, CIRDI’s Director of Partnerships and Learning. “We complement each other very well in our efforts to support the sustainable development of mineral resources in developing countries.”
The MOU will also provide the opportunity to coordinate activities when both parties are working in the same country, and further identify opportunities for collaboration. As the first deliverable from the MOU, CIRDI will collaborate with the IGF on a regional workshop on managing the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector being hosted by the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Energy and Mines the week of June 25, 2018.