• 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

I.              On Enhancing Ownership and Accelerating the Implementation of the RINR

Through the Lusaka Declaration, signed by Heads of State and Government on 15th December 2010, Member States of the ICGLR committed themselves to fighting the illegal exploitation of natural resources through national, regional, and international legal means. They approved the six tools developed under the Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources (RINR) and committed themselves to domesticating the ICGLR Protocol on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Great Lakes Region, among other points.

Ten years after the launch of the RINR, significant strides have been made but more remains to be done to ensure its effective implementation by all ICGLR Member States.

Therefore, to ensure the effective implementation of the RINR, the following actions are recommended:

1. All ICGLR Member States to recommitto effectively implementing the ICGLR Protocol on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Great Lakes Region and all relevant subsequent decisions of ICGLR bodies and mechanisms.

2.  The ICGLR Secretariat, in collaboration with the ICGLR Member States and all relevant stakeholders, to carry out a comprehensive review of progress and challenges in the implementation of the RINR, including concrete recommendations on ways to accelerate the implementation.

3.  The political commitment that the ICGLR instruments have benefited for the implementation of the Pact should be reaffirmed and complemented by practical strategies to domesticate the 10 Protocols of the Pact.

4.  The ICGLR Secretariat, in collaboration with ICGLR Member States and all relevant stakeholders should strengthen control of the international mineral market as done with the Kimberly Process and facilitate access to the market to allow the mineral sector to contribute to Member States development.

5.  The ICGLR Member States should consider convening an extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government dedicated to the sustainable management of natural resources with a view to discussing and deciding on new courses of action to accelerate the implementation of the RINR. The Summit would review the progress report produced by the ICGLR Secretariat as a basis for its deliberations.

6.  The ICGLR Secretariat, in collaboration with the O/SESG-GL should lead high-level political advocacy in ICGLR Member States in order to strengthen the national and regional ownership of the RINR.

7.  The ICGLR Secretariat should prioritize the implementation of the ICGLR Strategy on artisanal gold mining given the linkages with the financing of armed groups.

          8.   The ICGLR Member States, with the support of the ICGLR Secretariat and in coordination with the private sector and national, regional and international stakeholders, should accelerate                      the               development and implementation of a regional Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) Gold Due Diligence Strategy.

          9. The ICGLR Member States should harmonize taxation regimes at the provincial, national and regional levels in general and on trade of ...(click here for more details)

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