Nairobi, Kenya, 20tMarch 2015: The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Regional Committee on the Regional Initiative on Fight against Illegal Exploitation  of  Natural  Resources  (RINR)  concluded  its  11th   Ordinary  Meeting  in Nairobi, Kenya.

The meeting received progress reports from Member States on the implementation of the six tools against the illegal exploitation of natural resources in Member States, discussed the self-financing mechanism, and validated the draft reports on the situation analysis on the implementation of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Member States and the Pilot study on the integration of EITI in Artisanal and small Scale Mining (ASM).

The meeting was officially opened by Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita, ICGLR National Coordinator of the Republic of Kenya and having discussed on various presentations, the ICGLR Regional Committee among others made the following recommendations and decisions:

1. Encouraged Member States to put in place all legal instruments necessary for the launch of the ICGLR Certificate.

2. Undertake consultations on sustainability of the cooperation and ownership of the Analytical Finger Printing (AFP) Laboratory between the ICGLR Secretariat, SEAMIC, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of the United Republic of Tanzania, and BGR.

3. Organized regional workshop on Analytical Finger Printing to sensitize Member States                and other stakeholders with the support of BGR.

4. Validate the reports on the situation analysis on the implementation of EITI in Member States and the Pilot study on the integration of EITI in Artisanal and small Scale  Mining  by  3rd   April  2015,  after  incorporating  inputs  and  observations provided by Member States.

5. Hold the fourth Meeting of Ministers in charge of Mines in the margins of the next Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government.

6. The Regional Committee revisits its internal rules and regulations for possible review of some provisions.

7. Hold  in September 2015  the 12th  meeting of  the Regional Committee  on the Regional Initiative on Fight against Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the following Member States: Republic of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Sudan, United  Republic  of  Tanzania,  Republic  of  Uganda  and  the  representative  of  the Regional Women Forum. The meeting was also attended by the team of the ICGLR Secretariat, Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre for Democracy and Good Government and Chairman of the ICGLR Audit Committee. The meeting was also the attended by the following partners: GIZ, BGR and USAID/TETRA TECH.

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