The Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana in collaboration with UONGOZI Institute of the United Republic of Tanzania are co-organizing a two-day Regional Forum on “Enhancing Value Addition in the Extractive Sector in Africa”, in Accra, Ghana from the 4th to 5th of December, 2017.

The Forum will be officiated by the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. At least seventy stakeholders and experts–from the public and private sector, academia and civil society–from the African region and other parts of the world are expected to participate.

The main objective of the Forum is to accelerate discussions on how African countries should position themselves to optimize benefits from the extractive sector through the implementation of value addition initiatives. Specifically, the Forum will focus on identifying areas along the value chain with greater potential for value addition in the extractive sector; public policy, legal and, regulatory environment for an integrated extractive industry within African countries; financing options; measures to encourage local business participation; technology and skills required; health, safety, security, and environmental considerations; and lessons learnt from a regional perspective.

During the two-days of the Forum, delegates will be able to share experiences and recommend effective approaches in encouraging value addition or processing in the extractive sector. A summary of the key outcomes is anticipated to inform the implementation of value addition initiatives in Africa.