African Minerals Development Centre to support achievement of sustainable benefits from mining

Maputo Dec 13 003

The African Union launched the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) on 16 December 2013 at the Mineral Resources Ministers’ Conference in Maputo, Mozambique.

The AMDC seeks to create a centre which will enhance the capacity of African mining countries to derive economic and social benefits from implementing the Africa Mining Vision (AMV).

The AMDC was launched by the Minister of Mines for the Republic of Mozambique, Ms Esperanza Bias, who chairs the Conference of Ministers.

The AMDC is:

  • A one-stop information centre on best practice in sustainable mining policy and management, as well as information-sharing and networking, to support sustainable mining practices and development
  • A continental forum for countries, stakeholders and donors to discuss innovative ways to increase mining’s contribution to sustainable development and poverty reduction in Africa
  • A focal point for identifying the needs of Member states in the management of the mining sector and deploying appropriate expertise
  • A source of technical expertise to help African countries manage their mining sector responsibly and transparently
  • A research centre to promote mining policy harmonization among African countries.

The AMDC business plan outlines a road map with seven result areas and their expected outcomes including policy and licensing, geological and mining information systems, artisanal and small-scale mining, and building human and institutional capacities, as well as linkages investment and diversification.

During the conference, some 60 participants, including IM4DC Director, Ian Satchwell took part in a skills roundtable that discussed how to build the wide range of skills necessary to achieve the objectives of the AMV.

IM4DC is a partner of the AMDC, supporting its work in a range of result areas and in skills development in particular. 

For more on AMDC see 

For more on the African Mining Vision see