Economic Development and Governance Transition Strategy The Economic Development and Governance Transition Strategy was implemented to help Kolwezi achieve its potential. It consisted of eight months of research and stakeholder engagement, with the aim of creating a strategy for peaceful transition to broad-based economic development and improved governance in Kolwezi and the surrounding area. In light of this research the following vision statement was made: ‘ 15, Kolwezi and the surrounding area are recognised for legal, ef cient and responsibleBy 20 large and small-scale mining, mineral processing and trading, which generate a diversi ed and sustainable economy with equitable opportunities and bene ts to the population at large. Social development is co-ordinated to deliver bene ts beyond concessions, and is contributed to by a wide variety of stakeholders with a strong lead role played by the government and effective use of mining royalties.’ In order to realise this vision, the following objectives have been identi : Case study • Stimulate long-term economic recovery and growth • Support the enabling environment for a diversi important mineral resourcesKolwezi contains globally ed mining sector in which artisanal and small-scale as well as large-scale mining activities function and is the centre of increased effectively, economically and co-exist peacefully international investment. • Develop a cadre of skilled local people with corresponding employment However, for years, the region’s opportunities copper ore has also provided a • Stimulate and support local business development livelihood to tens of thousands • Provide operational infrastructure of artisanal miners and their • Encourage multi-donor engagement with a view to sharing and families. The international NGO, transferring Pact (Congo), is working with a nancial responsibility with a strengthened local government over time wide range of partners to reduce • Align mining sector social investment to national and provincial planning transition from ASM (Artisanalthe tensions associated with the for social infrastructure to increase sustainability and equity • Support mechanisms to increase transparency and promote multi- large-scale mining, and to ndand Small-Scale Mining) to stakeholder participation in decision-making regarding territorial mining livelihood alternatives for the royalties ASM communities. • Support mechanisms and capacity to ensure the rule of law • Ensure a child labour-free mining sector. agencies, USAID and AnvilIn partnership with UN The activities proposed assume funds will be leveraged from bi-lateral Mining, Pact (Congo) donors, mining companies and the government to ensure ownership and supported the DRC government equity of decision-making. The transitionplan will bear an increasing role of in Kolwezi to determine how to the government in the decision-making and implementation of the plan’s implement the national ASM activities to guaranteealignment and synergy with government policy and law in relation to establishing practice around economic development and the mining sector. artisanal mining zones.
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