Sixth session of the African regional conference on mineral and energy resources development and utilization
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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Inspite of their abundant and varied mineral and energy resources endowment, the majority of African countries are characterized by mineral and energy industries largely developed at the initiative of outside interests for external demand considerations resulting in the geographically uneven and narrow range of mineral and energy resources developed; the export of mineral and energy commodities with relatively insignificant processing or value added; restricted industrial development based on indigenous mineral and energy resources; limited intra-sectoral linkages between the mineral/energy industries and other economic and social development sectors at national sub-regional levels; inappropriate policies, strategies and management practices for the sustainable development of mineral and energy resources; and generally inadequate contribution of indigenous mineral and energy resources to socio-economic advancement, as evidenced by low mineral consumption and rampant shortages of energy supply. The main theme of conference will be policies, strategies and programs for the enhanced contribution of mineral and energy industries to the socio-economic development of Africa". The conference will determine policies, strategies and programs of action for sustainable development of the African mineral and energy industries at national, sub regional and regional levels to the year 2010 through the assessment of case studies of national mineral and energy industries of different African countries; the exchange of experience on global and African development trends affecting the mineral and energy industries; the review of results of recent conferences held on African mineral and energy industries; the examination of the role of the African mineral and energy industries in the alleviation of poverty in the continent; and the review of the role of the African mineral and energy industries in the promotion of regional cooperation and integration.