• The Executive Secretary, Amb. João Samuel Caholo with EJVM Officers during the handing over ceremony between the outgoing and incoming Commander.January 2021 Goma-DRC.

    The Executive Secretary, Amb. João Samuel Caholo with EJVM Officers during the handing over ceremony between the outgoing and incoming Commander.January 2021 Goma-DRC.

  • The Executive Secretary with the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Sudan

    The Executive Secretary with the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Sudan

  • Guarantor Institutions of the Peace Security and Cooperation Framework 1st virtual meeting of 2021. 3rd March 2021

    Guarantor Institutions of the Peace Security and Cooperation Framework 1st virtual meeting of 2021. 3rd March 2021

  • ICGLR Mini-Summit on Political and Security Situation in the Central African Republic. Luanda 20 April 2021

    ICGLR Heads of State Mini-Summit on Political and Security situation in the Central African Republic on the invitation of H.E João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola and the ICGLR Chair. Luanda-Angola, 20 April 2021

The Conference Secretariat hosted virtually the 22nd meeting of the ICGLR Regional Committee on the Fight against the illegal exploitation of natural resources on 24th June, 2021. The meeting was officially opened by the ICGLR Executive Secretary, H.E. Ambassador João Samuel Caholo. The purpose of the meeting was to review the status of the implementation of the ICGLR Regional Initiative on the fight against the illegal exploitation of Natural Resources (RINR) both in Member States and at the regional level. In his opening address, Ambassador Caholo welcomed three (3) new Member States to the Committee, the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania. His Excellency also informed the meeting that the ICGLR celebrates its 15th Anniversary, this year; thus, the meeting was timely as it gave the Committee an opportunity to retrospect on its mandate of preventing illegal exploitation of natural resources. He also challenged the Committee to establish whether its work has been in tandem to the specific roles and responsibilities outlined in the Protocol.

In the meeting, the Committee noted that, despite the financial and operational challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic the Member States and the Conference Secretariat, have made significant progress in implementation of the Six (6) Tools, more especially in the implementation of the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) and the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). It was also noted more effort needs to be directed towards the implementation of the Regional Database on mineral flows and the Whistleblowing Mechanism. The next meeting is scheduled for mid-October, 2021.