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  1. Launch Of New Mining Support Project In Central African Republic

    http://news.abangui.com/h/66249.html

    Central African Republic: Minister MBOLI FATRAN on the occasion of the official launch ceremony of the Property Rights and Mining Crafts Project (DPAM)

    Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | Central African lepotential

    On November 28th, 2018, in Bangui, the official launching ceremony of the Project of Property and Mining Crafts (DPAM) in the presence of two members of the Government namely, Ministers Mboli-Fatran in charge of Mines and Geology and Virginie Mbaïkoua of Humanitarian Action and National Reconciliation as well as the Chargé d'Affaires ai of the United States Embassy in Central Africa, whose country is the key partner of the project.

    In his speech of convenience, the Minister Mboli-Fatran was at first pleased with the mark of friendship between the Central African Government and the United States through the financing by this partner of the Project "Right of Property and Mining Crafts" of which the amount is US $ 9, 800,000, or about CFAF 6 billion.

    According to the Central African Minister in charge of Mines and Geology, this project aims to strengthen the process of peaceful coexistence between all Central Africans of different social strata in mining areas in line with the Kimberley Process and national and international mining stakeholders.

    "This project will also improve mining governance and increase access to land while placing a special emphasis on the gender dimension," said Minister Mboli-Fatran who took the opportunity to present on behalf of the people of the Central African Republic, his gratitude to the Government for all the support it has been providing in the framework of bilateral cooperation for more than 60 years.

    Continuing his remarks, the member of the Government specified that: "It is since 2007 that the CAR and the United States maintain relations of bilateral cooperation in the matter of good governance and sustainable management of the artisanal mining sector through the Project Rights of Property and Development of the Artisanal Diamond1 (DPDDA1) ".

    According to Minister Mboli-Fatran in 2015, the second phase of the DPDD2 project has complemented and reinforced Phase 1 and has led to a significant number of activities including: the digitization of historical diamond marketing data for the period of 2006 to 2015; the georeferencing of the work sites of the artisanal miners in the conformal zones; the setting up of small emission units for artisan cards and mining workers in the Regional Directorates and the Prefectural Mining Services; improved management of production and marketing databases for compliant areas; the rebuilding and updating of the database of artisanal miners (DPDDA zone); updating the mining cadastre of conforming zones in order to clarify their impact on the dynamics of the current artisanal mining; and other activities related to the Center for Management of Geo-Scientific Information and Mining Statistics or the Mining Cadastre at the request of the General Directorate of Mines; Collaborative work with the National Monitoring Committee of the Kimberley Process for the recovery of rough diamond exports in the Central African Republic, which has made 5 diamond sub-prefectures compliant and proposed 9 others.

    The Government member did not fail to address a number of challenges that remain to be addressed, among others, the re-establishment of compliance of the Kimberly Process in all gross diamond producing areas of the country; strengthening of subregional cooperation to fight against fraud and smuggling of diamonds and gold; the modernization of the mining cadastre; improving the living conditions of mining communities through the development of a mining economy; compliance with environmental standards; Strengthening dialogues among all mining communities to strengthen national unity and peaceful coexistence

    Before closing his speech, Minister Mboli-Fatran declared that the Central African Government hopes that the implementation of the Project "Property Rights and Mining Crafts (DPAM)" will really benefit the people of the Central African Republic and that the Annual Work Plan will be respected in the interest of the Central African mining sector.
     
  2. Best Junior Gold Stocks of 2018 on the TSXV

    https://investingnews.com/daily/resource-investing/precious-metals-investing/gold-investing/junior-gold-stocks-list-the-tsxvs-top-performers/?mqsc=E4010925


    Best Junior Gold Stocks of 2018 on the TSXV
    Olivia Da Silva - December 4th, 2018


    While gold has had its share of ups and downs in 2018, some companies have achieved strong results despite the precious metal’s fluctuating price point.


    With the year nearly over and done, the Investing News Network has rounded up the best gold stocks on the TSXV by share price performance so far this year. All have received high levels of investor interest in 2018, with the biggest gainer being up more than 700 percent year-to-date.

    All year-to-date and share price information was obtained on December 4, 2018 from TradingView. All companies listed had market caps above $10 million at that time.


    1. AXMIN (TSXV:AXM)

    Year-to-date growth: 733.33 percent, current share price: C$0.25

    Based in Canada, AXMIN is a gold exploration company with assets in the Central African Republic (CAR), along with a royalty agreement in Senegal for Teranga Gold’s (TSX:TGZ) Gora deposit. The company’s main priority is developing its Passendro gold project in the CAR, which has been a touch-and-go process due to security issues in the country.


    While much of AXMIN’s 2018 news centers on financial results, in June the company shared an exploration permit update on the area it shares an interest in with Teranga. A few months later, in October, the company settled a drawn-out accounts payable issue with a consultant that had helped it secure its ownership of licenses in the CAR.


    AXMIN has reported little other news this year. It’s worth noting that the company released a statement in August saying it was unaware of why it was experiencing an increase in market activity.


    2. Westhaven Ventures (TSXV:WHN)

    Year-to-date growth: 684 percent, current share price: C$0.98

    Westhaven Ventures refers to itself as a company that focuses on identifying, acquiring and advancing early stage projects with big potential. The company’s main interest lies in its four properties located in BC’s Spences Bridge Gold Belt; cumulatively they span over 35,000 hectares.

    While the company’s share price remained at a simmer for much of 2018, things started to pick up in October when Westhaven released several positive announcements over just a few weeks. Between three sets of drill results from its Shovelnose property in October to receiving over $850,000 from a warrant exercise, the company surged as the news continued to roll in.


    Westhaven’s share price peaked on November 9 at C$1.30, the same day the company announced it had begun high-resolution airborne geophysics at its Skoonka and Skoonka North gold properties.


    3. Great Bear Resources (TSXV:GBR)

    Year-to-date growth: 583.54 percent, current share price: C$2.70

    Great Bear Resources is an exploration company with a focus on advancing precious metals projects in Red Lake, Ontario. Great Bear has two main projects, Dixie and West Madsen, which together cover 13,000 hectares of prospective greenstone belts.

    Great Bear got a boost in August after a high-grade gold discovery was made at the Hinge zone of its Dixie project. Shortly after the discovery was announced, McEwen Mining (TSX:MUX,NYSE:MUX) and its chief owner, Rob McEwen, invested a combined C$6 million in Great Bear.


    The company rode the wave of excitement through September and hit its peak at C$3.39 on October 18, shortly after the discovery of “key ultramafic geology” during a mapping program at Dixie Lake.


    4. Sokoman Iron (TSXV:SIC)

    Year-to-date growth: 240 percent, current share price: C$0.18

    Another Canadian company, this time based in Newfoundland and Labrador, Sokoman Iron is an explorer with a focus on “world-class” mineral deposits in its home province. Sokoman has several assets under its belt, but is primarily focused on its Central Newfoundland gold project, which consists of its East Alder, Crippleback Lake and Princess Lake properties, spanning 5,500 hectares in total.

    The junior miner caught the eye of investors back in late July, when it announced it would be completing a $3-million private placement that had billionaire investor Eric Sprott leading the pack. Its share price made leaps and bounds in the days following the announcement, peaking on August 3 at C$0.44.


    5. Rusoro Mining (TSXV:RML)

    Year-to-date growth: 128.57 percent, current share price: C$0.16

    With a goal of becoming a mid-tier, low-cost gold producer, Rusoro Mining has a large land position in the mining region of Venezuela’s Bolivar state. The company has two mines in production — its Isidora mine and Choco 10 mine and mill — along with 10 exploration projects that range from early stage to advanced/development stage.

    Rusoro had a fairly quiet year in terms of project news, but gained traction in October. The hype surrounding the company came when Rusoro agreed to a settlement proposal from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela under which the country will pay Rusoro over US$1.28 billion for its mining dataand for a full release of an arbitral award issued in favor of Rusoro in August 2016.


    The company’s share price saw its 2018 peak on October 15, days after the settlement proposal announcement, when it hit C$0.34.

    Securities Disclosure: I, Olivia Da Silva, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

    Editorial Disclosure: Great Bear Resources is a client of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

    Best Junior Gold Stocks of 2018 on the TSXV
     
  3. Central African Republic formally joins Afreximbank

    https://sunnewsonline.com/central-african-republic-formally-joins-afreximbank/

    5th December 2018

    in Business, World News


    Uche Usim, Abuja

    The number of African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) member countries swelled to 50 on Wednesday, with the Central African Republic (CAR) formalising her membership by depositing the instrument of the country’s ratification of the Bank Establishment Agreement in Cairo, Egypt.


    Speaking during a ceremony at the bank’s headquarters, Claude Rameaux Bireau, Minister of State and Economic Adviser to the president, who led a five-member delegation, said that the Central African Republic had very high expectations from Afreximbank and looked forward to strengthened cooperation with the institution.


    Bireau said that CAR would move quickly to take up shareholding in the bank and announced that the government was already working with the African Development Bank to support in that regard.



    He added that the country would participate in the Intra-African Trade Fair, which was being organised by Afreximbank in collaboration with the African Union. The trade fair will take place in Cairo from December 11- 17.


    Earlier, Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank stated, disclosed that the bank was created to support African countries in both good times and bad times and that the ratification of the Agreement by the Central African Republic would make it possible for it to effectively do business in the country.


    “The ratification grants us the special privileges and immunities that make it possible for us to take the risks that other commercial banks cannot,” Prof. Oramah explained.


    He announced that the Afreximbank had been reviewing six projects, which the country had identified as priorities in order to see how to support them, saying that CAR, with her rich resources, could be an investors’ paradise if well marketed.


    CAR had initiated the process of joining the bank on 28 November 2017, when it presented an instrument of accession to the Bank Agreement to Prof. Oramah when he met with President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in Bangui.


    Under the terms of the Agreement for the Establishment of the Bank, which was signed by the participating states in Abidjan on May 8, 1993, countries that did not sign on before it entered into force are required to first issue an instrument of acceptance and accession and then proceed to formally ratify the agreement in order to fully activate their membership of the bank.


    Membership of the bank gives the CAR automatic access to the full range of products and facilities offered by Afreximbank, including trade finance facilities, project finance services, trade information and advisory services, support in the development of a local content policy and assistance in developing and implementing industrial parks and special economic zones.



    There are 50 countries currently on the list of Afreximbank participating and shareholding states, including Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde and Chad. Others are CAR, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, and Lesotho.


    Countries like Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are part of the bank.


    Afreximbank shareholders are a mix of public and private entities divided into four classes and consist of African governments, central banks, regional and sub-regional institutions, private investors and financial institutions, as well as non-African financial institutions, export credit agencies and private investors.


    Also on the delegation were Clement Bilege, Ambassador of Central African Republic to Egypt; Jean Jules Jos, Former Minister of State in charge of Programmes at the Presidency and Batolo Mathiu and Amadou Issa of the Embassy of Central African Republic in Cairo.


    Participating in the ceremony from Afreximbank were Dr. George Elombi, Executive Vice President, Governance Legal and Corporate Services; Amr Kamel, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Banking; Rene Awambeng, Global Head, Client Relations; Obi Emekekwue, Global Head, Communications and Events Management; Gerald Chihota, Head of Board Secretariat and Jacqueline Clarisse Motsebo of the Board Secretariat.
     
  4. African Union Says Ready To Organize CAR Peace Talks, Host City To Be Chosen- Commissioner
    https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/african-union-says-ready-to-organize-car-peac-499883.html

    African Union Says Ready To Organize CAR Peace Talks, Host City To Be Chosen- Commissioner

    Fakhir Rizvi 3 hours ago Fri 07th December 2018 | 05:29 PM


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    The African Union is prepared to organize formal peace negotiations between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the militia groups as soon as it decides on the conference venue, the Union's Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, told Sputnik.



    MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 07th December, 2018) The African Union is prepared to organize formal peace negotiations between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the militia groups as soon as it decides on the conference venue, the Union's Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, told Sputnik.

    The African Union has been leading mediation efforts in the conflict between the government in Bangui and various rebel groups operating in the CAR. In August, rebel groups presented a list of nearly 100 demands that need to be satisfied before a peace agreement can be signed.

    "I think more or less we are almost ready, I think it is now to see where we are going to convene the dialogue. Is it in Bangui, in Addis Ababa or elsewhere? I think that's where we are.

    We want to make sure that we speak the same language with everybody," Chergui said, expressing hope that the conference will be convened "as soon as possible."

    The conference will provide the sides with an opportunity to fine-tune their positions, conclude discussions and then "hopefully sign the [peace] agreement."

    The CAR has been struggling to overcome internal conflicts for years now, with around 615,000 people displaced in the country due to the crisis, according to the United Nations.

    On August 27-28, the major warring parties participated in Russia-brokered peace talks in the Sudanese capital. The meeting resulted in the signing of the Khartoum Declaration, which provided for the creation of an opposition union, which could pave the way for a long-lasting peace in the country.
     
  5. New India/CAR Drilling Company In The Central African Republic

    http://www.lanouvellecentrafrique.i...nt-des-operations-de-inde-afrique-investment/



    The SARL "India Africa Investment" started yesterday its activities in the country.


    This drilling specialist company plans to drill 10 boreholes a day in the 16 prefectures of Central Africa.


    SC - BANGUI - LNC


    https://twitter.com/nouveaucentraf?lang=en&lang=en


    Nouveau Centrafrique @NouveauCentraf
    Dec 6
    DÉPÊCHE/Bangui : Lancement des opérations de "Inde Afrique Investment" #Centrafrique #CARcrisis http://wp.me/p39iaI-3FY



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  6. CAR Articles & New Job Offerings In CAR
    African Union Commissioner Praises Russia's Defense Aid To CAR For Promoting Stability - https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/african-union-commissioner-praises-russias-d-499889.html
    The Central African Republic will be a shareholder of Afreximbank - https://africandailyvoice.com/en/20...epublic-will-be-a-shareholder-of-afreximbank/
    The next set of links have just shown up over the last few days. These are actual job postings and companies offering to do business in the Central African Republic. It shows that things are progressing if international companies are hiring and offering services in this part of the world:
    A1 Auto Transport - US fright company offering services to CAR - https://www.a1autotransport.com/moving-to-central-african-republic/
    nac Sales Representatives for Central African Republic - https://www.nacinc.com/contact/sales-representatives/regional-reps.php?region=CF
    Clinical Operations Lead SSA - https://www.roche.com/careers/jobs/...&locale=en&title=Clinical+Operations+Lead+SSA
    DHL · Logistics and distribution CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - https://www.bebee.com/job/compliance-manager-africa-middle-east-24831971
     
  7. Looks like China is working with Russia to secure the Central African Republic:

    Central African Republic: 20 elements of the Republican Protection Special Guard trained by Chinese instructors

    http://news.abangui.com/h/66290.html?fbclid=IwAR2B7zqNPaQCPU-bGT-Bi3JvRwH4vaPUL-1J_SZne8kebrXDsQgSOjvE2Hs


    Posted on Saturday, December 8, 2018 | ADV
    Bangui - Chinese instructors are following the footsteps of EUTM-RCA forces and Russian instructors for the restructuring of the defense and security forces. The 20 elements of the presidential guard have completed their training on December 3, 2018.

    While Russia deals with the Central African Armed Forces, China is focusing on the upgrading of the internal security forces, including the police, gendarmerie through the presidential guard.

    The head of the team of Chinese instructors, Mr. ZHANG recalled that their visit to Central African soil follows President TOUADERA's request to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jin Ping during the Sino-Africa forum. "The formation of these 20 elements marks the beginning of a good cooperation for the future," he says.

    "This work gave a vision and a format to these trainees. This training is just the beginning of the many actions that have been discussed and that must be carried out in the days to come, "said Central African President Faustin Archange Touadera.

    The actions that will be carried out in favor of the restructuring of the Defense and Security Forces will be implemented by 2019. As the government launches the restructuring of the FACA, the police and the gendarmerie will also be in line of this reform after several decades of dysfunction and crisis in the country.
     
  8. Press Release: Central African Republic: The FPRC(Main Rebel Group) congratulates President Faustin Archange Touadera
    https://corbeaunews-centrafrique.co...icite-le-president-faustin-archange-touadera/
    Central African Republic: The FPRC congratulates President Faustin Archange Touadera.
    PRESS RELEASE


    The General Coordination of the FPRC congratulates the President of the Central African Republic His Excellency Faustin Archange TOUADERA who in his statement on the eve of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Central African Republic which tends to be reborn gradually that he qualifies as very constructive and conciliatory.

    The FPRC is very optimistic about the beginning of the culture of peace engendered by the declarations but is waiting to welcome the imminent practice of this peace.

    The FPRC reminds everyone to calculate the value of the actions to be taken in relation to the homeland, which needs the contribution of all Central Africans to save it.

    The FPRC reiterates its call for national awareness and unity for an imminent dialogue that will be the final exit from the great crisis.

    The FPRC calls on the President of the Central African Republic, guarantor of national unity and integrity, to save the Republic and bring it out of the abyss and cure the broken arms recognized by the Prime Minister while he is supposed to get this country out of this abyss and arrange the broken arms of Central Africans.

    The FPRC asks the elected representatives of the people not to be limited only to the dismissal of their President for financial reasons, but encourages them to commit themselves to the national reality recognized by the one who is responsible for us of the abyss and to repair us broken arms that for almost two and a half years can not do anything. When will the control of government actions and a vote of law in this sense? A good democracy contributes to and maintains peace.

    The FPRC wishes to see a multi-ethnic and dignified republican army with elements recruited by vocation and not out of necessity to avoid repetitive mistakes like the recent national disappointment of Bocaranga.

    The FPRC calls on the UN and more particularly on the Security Council to vote for a resolution to end the crisis that will be imposed on all parties in CAR for a way out of the crisis because all the previous resolutions were partial and favored the return of violence. They made everyone complicit and victimized.

    For the FPRC, the choice of mediator should be imposed on all parties in conflict to avoid the stagnation of the peace process initiated by the African Union. Otherwise, each party can refute and delay the progress of the dialogue process. As we fight for the revival of Central Africa.

    Done at Ndele on December 09, 2018
     
  9. French Minister of Armies in the Central African Republic for two days
    https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/arti...entrafrique-pour-deux-jours_5395144_3212.html

    Florence Parly will reaffirm the support of France in Bangui, including delivering military equipment.

    Le Monde with AFP Posted today at 10h13

    The French Minister of Armies Florence Parly will reaffirm Monday, December 10 and Tuesday, December 11 in Bangui the support of France to the Central African Republic , where Russia is increasingly present, and deliver military equipment. "The purpose of the visit is to reaffirm the support of France to this country, which is a long-time partner , " says one in the cabinet of the minister. Florence Parly will meet President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, his counterpart Marie-Noëlle Koyara and the UN envoy for the Central African Republic (CAR), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. It will give on this occasion 1,400 assault rifles promised by France as well as amphibious equipment to the Central African Armed Forces (FACA).

    France obtained for this a exemption from the UN to the embargo on arms deliveries to the Central African Republic, just like the Russians a few months earlier. The minister will also reaffirm France's commitment to the African Union's peace initiative in that country, while Russia has tried to launch a parallel process. "All the other initiatives that are opportunistic and often interested initiatives do not seem to me to contribute to a positive resolution of the security situation in this country," she said in November at the Dakar Forum on Peace and Security in Africa.

    Russia has invested all over the place in this former French colony, particularly in the formation of the army and diplomacy with armed groups. Companies run by Russians are also interested in its mineral wealth. France intervened militarily in the CAR between 2013 and 2016 to stop the violence of the rebel coalition Séléka (predominantly Muslim) and retaliation of anti-balaka militias claiming to defend Christians.

    Two years later, almost all of the world's 4.5 million poorest people remain under the control of armed groups fighting to capture mineral resources such as gold and diamonds. strengthen their local influence. "The end of Operation Sangaris did not mark the end of our support at all. It has taken another form, " says Ms. Parly's office, pointing to FACA training and military support for the UN force there (Minusca) if needed.

    In May, French fighters overflew Kaga Bandoro, 300 km north of Bangui, in support of the UN mission in Minusca after renewed intercommunal violence. "We are ready to help in an emergency as this episode has shown," said one in the entourage of the minister.

    On 3 November, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also signed aid agreements worth € 24 million in Bangui to help pay back wages and pensions, develop nearby territories of Cameroon affected by large population displacements and to install bridges to open up several regions.
     
  10. France Ships 1400 rifles to CAR, Mentions no obstacle on Embargo removal

    https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/france-ships-1-400-assault-rifles-to-car-army-20181211

    France ships 1 400 assault rifles to CAR army

    2018-12-11 16:59

    France on Tuesday handed over 1 400 AK-47 assault rifles and three amphibious vehicles to the Central African Republic to shore up its beleaguered armed forces.

    French Defence Minister Florence Parly oversaw the handover at a ceremony at M'Polo military base in the capital Bangui.

    The military aid was announced in Paris in November, along with $27.4 million in civilian assistance.

    One of the world's poorest nations, the CAR has struggled to recover from a 2013 civil war that erupted when President Francois Bozize, a Christian, was overthrown by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels.

    In response, Christians, who account for about 80% of the population, organised vigilante units dubbed "anti-Balaka" in reference to the balaka machetes used by Seleka rebels.

    Thousands of people have died in the violence, 700 000 have been internally displaced and another 570 000 have fled abroad.

    With the armed forces hampered by poor training and lack of equipment, the UN-backed central government controls only a fraction of the country's territory.

    In 2013, the UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo and it remains in place today.

    Exemptions are made for weapons shipments for the security forces that gain pre-approval from a UN sanctions committee.

    The panel is tasked with ensuring that imported weapons do not end up in the hands of the militias in the corruption-prone country.

    The panel gave the green light last year for Russia to supply 1 700 AK-47s to the national forces in January, and gave its approval again to the French shipments.

    But in June, France, Britain, and the United States blocked a request from the CAR for approval of Chinese weapons deliveries.

    "From France's point of view, there is in principle no obstacle to ending the embargo" permanently, Parly said on Tuesday.

    She stressed: "What is important is that these weapons, after they are delivered to the Central African armed forces, can be identified, stored and traced."

    The CAR has an army of just 7 000 men in a population of 4.5 million. They are facing militia groups estimated to be at least similar in numbers.

    Russia has sent 170 military instructors - suspected by western sources to be mercenaries linked to Russian mining companies in the mineral-rich CAR.

    France, the former colonial power, sent 2 000 troops to quell the Seleka rebels, winding down the operation in 2016 after President Faustin-Archange Touadera was elected.

    It has around 200 troops in the CAR today, working in support of the armed forces and the UN peacekeeping mission here.

    Parly said that France was the CAR's "major partner for development aid", providing $147 million annually.

    The 1 400 guns handed over by France are a gift, French officials said.

    They were seized aboard a dhow off Somalia in 2016 that was intercepted for breaching an arms embargo with Yemen, they said.

    The European Union has a military training mission in the CAR that involves 170 people. In July, it pledged $28 million to extend the mission until September 2020.
     
  11. HTTPS://MINUSCA.UNMISSIONS.ORG/SOUTIEN-R%C3%A9AFFIRM%C3%A9-%C3%A0-L%E2%80%99INITIATIVE-AFRICAINE-POUR-LA-PAIX-ET-LA-R%C3%A9CONCILIATION-EN-RCA

    Dec 12,2018
    SUPPORT REAFFIRMED TO THE AFRICAN INITIATIVE FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION IN CAR
    The Central African Government and MINUSCA reiterated on Wednesday their support for the dialogue process under the African Union Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic. The spokespersons of the Executive, the Minister of Communication and Media Angel Maxime Kazagui, and MINUSCA, Vladimir Monteiro, were speaking in Bangui, during the two-monthly joint press conference of the two institutions.
    "The Government is engaged in this process of dialogue. This is a process put in place at the request of the President of the Republic, "said the minister and spokesman, adding that the Government was going this Wednesday to the National Assembly for a session on the African Initiative. For his part, the MINUSCA spokesperson reiterated the importance of the dialogue process, under this initiative, to "support the authorities to reduce the presence and threat of armed groups".
    During the joint press conference, the minister and spokesman announced the launch of the large DDRR (Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration, Repatriation) by President Faustin Touadéra, on December 17, in Paoua with the armed groups of the West of the country. For MINUSCA, this is a great moment that "will have to reach other regions" in accordance with the commitments made by all the armed groups in 2015 in Bangui.
    The Government spokesman also spoke about the deployment of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA), including Bocaranga, highlighting their "contribution to security where they are deployed, alongside peacekeepers." "In 2018, we witnessed the strengthening of the partnership, in the field, between MINUSCA and the FACA, following their deployment in Paoua, Bangassou, Sibut, Bambari and Bouar", for its part, said the spokesperson of MINUSCA. "The international community as a whole supports the FACA, including training by the European Union, the granting of weapons by Russia, vehicles by the United States of America, support equipment by the United States of America. France and non-lethal weapons by China. With regard to MINUSCA, this support will continue in particular in the context of the recruitment process of the 1.
    The MINUSCA spokesperson also announced the UN Security Council's upcoming renewal of the Mission's mandate, noting that the new mandate will be aimed at strengthening the gains, especially in the area of the restoration of authority. of the State throughout the territory. "The Mission will continue its close collaboration with the Central African authorities and other Central African actors, but also with the population, in Bangui as well as in the prefectures, to explain this new mandate and to implement it," he concluded.
     
  12. Vladimir Putin To Visit The Central African Republic
    http://news.abangui.com/h/66337.html

    Central African Republic: Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning an official visit to Bangui in very soon!
    Posted on Thursday December 13th 2018 | The Central African Potential
    Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit the capital of CAR, Bangui, with an official visit to strengthen relations between the two countries. As Kremlin sources have shared, the Russian leader plans to discuss during his visit the security problems of the CAR and the development issues of the country.

    It is nice that our Russian partners are seeing the progress of mutually beneficial relations between CAR and Russia. Moscow understands that the dialogue with our country should not be based on the position of force, they do not try to impose their point of view, they know that African problems require an African solution. Russia is close to us in spirit. Russia has never subjugated anyone, for centuries it has defended its territories from foreign incursions. Our Russian friends know that it is the struggle for independence. Even today, when many defense documents are in force, Russia is oppressed by economic sanctions.

    The visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin means that Russia is ready for dialogue at the highest level. The talks of the Russian leader with Faustin-Archange Touadéra will be a mark in the modern history of our country. It is not excluded that the Presidents will enter into mutual agreements with each other.

    We would like to remind you that Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov held talks with RCA President Faustin-Archange Touadera earlier. The Russian Minister and the CAR leader had an "on the spot" meeting of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly New York. The parties discussed issues of humanitarian partnership, trade and economic interaction, and up-to-date political relations issues.

    Sergei Lavrov and Faustin-Archange Touadéra discussed the prospects for the national regulation process in CAR. During the meeting, it was agreed that it is very important to harmonize the international efforts aimed at stabilizing the situation in the Central African Republic within the framework of the African Union Peace Initiative.

    It is important to note that the friendly country, Russia, has already made a great contribution to the process of peaceful settlement in CAR. With the help of Russian diplomats members of the "Antibalaka" and Ex-Seleka groups sat down at the negotiating table with representatives of the Central African Republic authorities and signed the Khartoum Declaration. It is noted in the document that all parties to the dialogue are interested in establishing peace and stabilizing the situation in CAR throughout the country.
     
  13. https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...ory.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0a588c2333ce

    UN extends Central African Republic peacekeeping mission


    By Associated Press
    December 13 at 5:01 PM

    UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has approved a resolution extending the mandate of the 14,600-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in conflict-wracked Central African Republic.

    The French-drafted resolution adopted Thursday urges all militias and armed groups in the country “to lay down their arms, cease all forms of violence and destabilizing activities.”

    It calls on President Faustin-Archange Touadera to advance talks with armed groups and national reconciliation “without delay.”

    Russia and China abstained from voting.

    Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Moscow supports the peacekeeping force but he sharply criticized France for not including Russian concerns in the resolution. Russia wanted the U.N. force to support its training of Central African Republic troops.

    The country has faced interreligious and intercommunal fighting since 2013, and violence has intensified and spread in the past year.

    Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
     
  14. https://africandailyvoice.com/2018/...peration-militaire-entre-centrafrique-russie/

    MEPs approve ratification of military cooperation agreement between Central African Republic and Russia
    2018-12-14 Central African Republic , POLITICS


    Bangui, Central African Republic (ADV) - The elected officials of the nation voted yesterday by acclamation the bill to ratify the defense agreement between the Central African Republic and Russia, a new partner in the security environment in the Central African Republic.


    "The Russian military is currently with our military in some provincial towns. And this Defense Agreement will further strengthen our military cooperation, "said Marie Noëlle Koyara, Central African Minister of Defense.


    This vote of the people's elected representatives comes in a context where the Russian presence in the Central African Republic was not at all appreciated by some Western powers who consider the Russian instructors here as mercenaries. The vote of the deputies of the national assembly formalizes this military cooperation.


    This military cooperation agreement with Russia completes the list of other agreements with countries and partners such as France, China, the European Union and the United States in several areas of common interest.


    "We are delighted to see the members of this House vote in favor of this Defense Agreement that will allow our military and our homeland security forces to protect us and to have a different dimension and to respond to the challenges that lie ahead. impose on us, "said the Minister Delegate of Foreign Affairs, Chancel Sékodé Ndeugbayi.


    According to ADV information, this agreement will also allow Russia to support the Central African armed forces in the field of intelligence and provides for the training of Central African military in Russian military academies and military assistance between the two countries in case of foreign aggression . Russia could increase the number of its troops in the country as well as its material and military equipment.


    This parliamentary exercise comes after the signing of a memorandum of understanding on August 21, 2018, between the Central African Republic and Russia, on the sidelines of the Armaments Forum in Russia.


    © Bur-csa - From our regional correspondent Fridolin Ngoulou - African Daily Voice (ADV) - Find us on Twitter: @ADVinfo_en
     
  15. Russian Efforts Toward CAR Crisis Settlement In Line With African Union Policy - Moscow

    https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/russian-efforts-toward-car-crisis-settlement-509368.html

    Fakhir Rizvi 4 hours ago Tue 18th December 2018 | 04:52 PM

    MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 18th December, 2018) Russian efforts toward resolving the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) are in line with the African Union's policies, and the West's attempts to prove otherwise are groundless, Andrei Kemarsky, the director of the RussianForeign Ministry's Department of Africa, told Sputnik.

    "I'd like to emphasize that Russian and Sudanese efforts that contributed to the signing of the Khartoum Declaration do not in any way contravene the African Union's steps. Moreover, the declaration stresses that the measures that it envisages are directly linked to the African peace initiative. Our Western partners' attempts to contrast Russian efforts with the African Union policy are absolutely groundless," Kemarsky said.

    The senior diplomat specified that Russia considered the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation in CAR, which the African Union approved in January 2017, as the basis of the peace process.

    He added that it was within this initiative that Russia-brokered peace talks between the major warring parties were held in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, which resulted in the signing of the Khartoum Declaration. Kemarsky also called on the country's authorities to launch a national reconciliation process that is mediated by Russia, the European Union, and regional and international organizations.

    On August 28, the same day when the two-day talks finished, a meeting within the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation in CAR started, during which representatives of 14 armed groups made an effort toward creating a common platform for talks with the government.



    Kemarsky voiced his belief that western states, including France, were jealous of Russia's increasing role in the CAR settlement process.

    "Although terror acts continue, as well as confrontations between armed groups and governmentforces, the process is generally becoming more and more positive. Russia's contribution is quite substantial, while western states' involvement has clearly become less efficient," the diplomat said, specifying that France failed to achieve positive changes in spite of being historically present in CARdue to its colonial past.

    He said that Russia's engagement in the settlement process had yielded progress, and that the country's role was becoming more dominant even though it had been present in CAR for only just a year.

    "This causes concern and jealousy of the countries that were traditionally influential in CAR and regarded the state as their patrimony," Kemarsky specified.

    The diplomat added that since the West was concerned over Russia's strengthening position, they were spreading misinformation, pursuing slanderous campaigns, introducing sanctions and also trying to hamper Russian business.

    CAR has been struggling to stop the conflict between the mainly Muslim armed group Seleka, Christian Anti-balaka militia and government forces since 2012.
     
  16. IMF Executive Board Completes Fifth Review Under Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for Central African Republic and Approves US$31.6 Million Disbursement

    https://www.imf.org/en/News/Article...-5th-rev-ext-cr-fac-arr-and-approves-disburse

    December 21, 2018

    • IMF Executive Board also concludes the 2018 Article IV consultation.
    • The Central African Republic authorities implement a comprehensive economic reform program to entrench macroeconomic stability, buttress inclusive growth, and reduce poverty.
    • Growth is estimated at 4.3 percent in 2017 and is expected to remain broadly unchanged.
    On Extended Credit Facility (ECF)arrangement for [1]


    Executive Directors agreed with the thrust of the staff appraisal. Given the persistent insecurity and the large humanitarian needs of the population, they recognized the Central African Republic’s efforts to implement its economic program and the satisfactory performance under the ECF arrangement. Directors stressed the importance of rebuilding sound institutions and maintaining macroeconomic stability, which provide an important opportunity toward exiting fragility. Against this difficult backdrop, Directors welcomed the authorities’ continued commitment to the program objectives, and underscored the need to implement the National Recovery and Peacebuilding Plan and the development agenda to boost economic prospects. Directors emphasized that higher and inclusive growth will be critical to create jobs and reduce poverty. They underlined the importance of continued Fund engagement through ongoing technical assistance and close coordination with other development partners, paying due regard to the country’s absorptive capacity.

    Directors welcomed the authorities’ commitment to ensure that fiscal policy remains consistent with macroeconomic stability while stepping up social spending. They underscored the importance of further improving domestic revenue mobilization to sustainably expand the provision of public services. In this regard, Directors encouraged the authorities to further strengthen customs and tax administration, enhance information exchange between government agencies, modernize payment systems, and use IT systems more comprehensively. They commended the authorities for integrating in the 2019 budget previously excluded expenditures and revenues from government agencies and funds, as well as for increasing the budget allocation for key ministries providing social services. Directors welcomed the recent simplification of the oil price structure that would limit the fiscal impact of higher global oil prices.

    Directors noted the progress in improving public financial management, including regular and timely budget execution reporting and reduced use of exceptional spending procedures. They encouraged the authorities to further streamline quasi‑fiscal taxes and levies. Directors underscored the importance of good governance and the fight against corruption. They encouraged the authorities to strengthen the asset declaration regime, implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption, and improve the management of natural resources, including by adhering to the principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

    Directors noted the staff assessment that the external position appears weaker than implied by medium‑term fundamentals and desirable policies. They pointed out that the insecurity, high transportation cost, and a weak judicial system undermine the country’s attractiveness for investment. Noting the high risk of debt distress, Directors recommended limiting borrowing and seeking instead to mobilize grant financing to its fullest extent. They also called for continued efforts to resolve external arrears. Directors welcomed progress to clear domestic arrears and encouraged steadfast implementation of the strategy while ensuring transparency and accountability of the process.

    Directors noted that the Central African Republic’s program continues to be supported by the implementation of policies and reforms by the regional institutions, which are critical to the program’s success. These comprise the implementation of the three policy assurances provided in the June 2018 Letter of Policy Support, as updated with respect to the assurance on NFAs by the December 2018 Letter, and as discussed in the December 2018 union‑wide background paper. Completion of the sixth review will be conditional on the implementation of these policy assurances.

    It is expected that the next Article IV consultation with the Central African Republic will be held in accordance with the Executive Board decision on consultation cycles for members with Fund arrangements.


    Table 1. Central African Republic: Selected Economic and Financial Indicators, 2016–23


    2016

    2017

    2018

    2019

    2020

    2021

    2022

    2023

    Est.

    Est.

    4th. Rev.

    Proj.

    Proj.

    (Annual percentage change; unless otherwise indicated)

    National income and prices

    GDP at constant prices

    4.5

    4.3

    4.3

    4.3

    5.0

    5.0

    5.0

    5.0

    5.0

    GDP per capita at constant prices

    2.6

    2.4

    2.4

    2.4

    3.1

    3.0

    3.0

    3.1

    3.1

    GDP at current prices

    11.2

    8.1

    8.4

    7.4

    8.2

    7.6

    7.6

    7.6

    7.6

    GDP deflator

    6.3

    3.6

    3.9

    3.0

    3.0

    2.5

    2.5

    2.5

    2.5

    CPI (annual average)

    4.6

    4.1

    4.0

    3.0

    3.0

    2.5

    2.5

    2.5

    2.5

    CPI (end-of-period)

    4.7

    4.2

    3.6

    2.5

    2.3

    2.7

    2.4

    2.6

    2.4

    Money and credit

    Broad money

    5.8

    10.3

    8.5

    2.3

    11.6

    7.6

    7.6

    7.6

    7.6

    Credit to the economy

    17.5

    -0.1

    5.9

    5.5

    3.3

    7.7

    7.3

    8.7

    11.0

    External sector

    Export volume of goods

    52.3

    42.5

    9.3

    10.0

    10.4

    8.1

    8.6

    8.6

    5.5

    Import volume of goods

    13.4

    -2.5

    6.7

    5.2

    6.2

    5.4

    5.7

    5.3

    5.7

    Terms of trade

    -0.4

    -19.0

    -11.4

    -13.4

    0.2

    1.2

    2.7

    0.6

    0.4

    (Percent of GDP; unless otherwise indicated)

    Gross national savings

    8.2

    5.5

    6.9

    7.3

    9.0

    9.9

    10.6

    11.3

    12.0

    Of which: current official transfers

    3.7

    1.9

    3.3

    3.1

    2.8

    2.0

    1.8

    1.6

    1.4

    Gross domestic savings

    -3.3

    -3.7

    -3.0

    -2.9

    -0.3

    1.2

    2.0

    3.0

    4.0

    Government

    -1.0

    -1.5

    -0.1

    -0.5

    0.3

    0.5

    0.8

    1.1

    1.4

    Private sector

    -2.3

    -2.2

    -2.9

    -2.4

    -0.6

    0.7

    1.2

    1.8

    2.5

    Consumption

    103.3

    103.7

    103.0

    102.9

    100.3

    98.8

    98.0

    97.0

    96.0

    Government

    7.3

    7.5

    7.0

    7.3

    7.5

    7.7

    7.7

    7.7

    7.7

    Private sector

    96.0

    96.2

    96.0

    95.5

    92.8

    91.1

    90.3

    89.3

    88.3

    Gross investment

    13.7

    13.8

    15.3

    15.9

    16.6

    16.8

    16.2

    16.2

    16.6

    Government

    3.1

    4.8

    6.3

    6.9

    7.5

    7.8

    7.2

    7.2

    7.1

    Private sector

    10.6

    9.0

    9.0

    9.0

    9.0

    9.0

    9.0

    9.0

    9.5

    External current account balance

    with grants

    -5.5

    -8.3

    -8.4

    -8.6

    -7.6

    -7.0

    -5.7

    -4.9

    -4.7

    without grants

    -10.7

    -11.7

    -13.2

    -13.3

    -11.7

    -10.6

    -9.2

    -8.4

    -8.0

    Overall balance of payments

    0.9

    3.1

    -1.6

    -1.8

    -0.2

    1.4

    1.6

    1.9

    2.1

    Central government finance

    Total revenue (including grants)

    14.1

    13.7

    16.6

    17.5

    18.8

    18.3

    17.9

    18.0

    18.1

    of which: domestic revenue

    8.2

    8.3

    9.2

    9.3

    10.7

    10.9

    11.2

    11.5

    11.8

    Total expenditure 1

    12.6

    14.8

    15.8

    16.8

    18.1

    18.4

    17.7

    17.7

    17.7

    of which: capital spending

    3.1

    4.8

    6.3

    6.9

    7.5

    7.8

    7.2

    7.2

    7.1

    Overall balance

    Excluding grants

    -4.4

    -6.5

    -6.6

    -7.6

    -7.4

    -7.4

    -6.5

    -6.2

    -5.9

    Including grants

    1.6

    -1.1

    0.9

    0.7

    0.7

    -0.1

    0.1

    0.3

    0.4

    Domestic primary balance 2

    -1.1

    -2.2

    -1.4

    -1.4

    -1.2

    -1.2

    -0.9

    -0.6

    -0.3

    Public sector debt

    56.0

    52.8

    47.0

    48.5

    42.2

    39.2

    36.4

    33.8

    31.5

    Of which: domestic debt 3

    26.3

    25.1

    21.2

    22.5

    18.0

    16.6

    15.3

    14.0

    12.9

    Of which: external debt

    29.6

    27.8

    25.8

    26.0

    24.2

    22.6

    21.1

    19.7

    18.6

    PPP per capita (PPP dollars)

    651.8

    676.9

    705.9

    705.9

    735.8

    765.0

    795.0

    824.8

    855.9

    Nominal GDP (CFAF billions)

    1,041

    1,126

    1,218

    1,209

    1,308

    1,408

    1,515

    1,630

    1,754

    Sources: C.A.R. authorities and IMF staff estimates and projections.

    1 Expenditure is on a cash basis.


    2 Excludes grants, interest payments, and externally-financed capital expenditure.



    3 Comprises government debt to BEAC, commercial banks and government arrears.

    [1] At the conclusion of the discussion, the Managing Director, as Chairman of the Board, summarizes the views of Executive Directors, and this summary is transmitted to the country's authorities. An explanation of any qualifiers used in summings up can be found here:http://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/misc/qualifiers.htm .


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  17. https://investingnews.com/daily/res...finances-geopolitical-turnaround-drove-gains/

    AXMIN CFO Says Finances, Turnaround in CAR Drove 2018 Gains
    Olivia Da Silva - December 24th, 2018
    Despite staying quiet on the news front in 2018, AXMIN (TSXV:AXM) had a wildly successful yearwith regard to its share price, which is currently up nearly 700 percent year-to-date.

    In a conversation with the Investing News Network (INN), AXMIN CFO David Weill shared insight on the spike, which he says was driven by three main factors, including a royalty stream in Senegal with miner Teranga Gold (TSX:TGZ) for the Gora deposit.

    “If you just look at our accounts, we’re cashflow profitable [and] accounting profitable, just on the royalty stream that we have now from Teranga on one site, which is the Gora site, and we have 17 more potential sites to be developed with Teranga,” Weill said. “The second factor is definitely the Central African Republic (CAR) geopolitical situation turning the corner.”

    The company, whose Passendro gold project is located in the CAR, has faced hiccups over the last year due to a turbulent time in the the country with relation to local security issues. However, according to Weill, things have started to simmer down in the country through avenues like military reforms and support from countries like France and Russia.

    As for the third factor pushing AXMIN ahead, Weill pointed to the company cleaning up its balance sheet and being in a “very strong financial situation.” This stems in part from the company’s royalty agreement with Teranga, mentioned above, which still stands to expand.

    “We had numerous properties in Senegal that we basically farmed out to Teranga where we would do a joint development and, since we’re focusing really on the CAR property, we opted to go for a NSR — net smelter return royalty — so we simply take 1.5 percent off the top,” Weill said.

    “The first property that came into production was the Gora deposit, which was a huge winner, but we have 17 more. We don’t know what Teranga is planning to do with the additional properties. They do look highly prospective to us, but the fundamental decision now as to exploration and then eventual production lies with Teranga,” he explained.

    As mentioned, despite its major share price gain AXMIN put out minimal press releases throughout the year. In fact, the company released a statement in August explaining it was unsure of any specific reason for increased market activity.

    However, at the time, AXMIN had been working to settle a drawn-out accounts payable issue with a consultant that helped secure its ownership of licenses in the CAR. Weill told INN that the statement was a standard way of informing the TSX that nothing with the dispute had been officially resolved yet, but also said he feels the growth in activity came from the market re-evaluating the CAR’s profitability.

    “We were in the process of getting TSX approval for eliminating the accounts payable, which we did by issuing shares of about three times the market price, and also paying a certain amount of cash,” he said. “But that transaction was not complete, and the market had no knowledge of it. What the market was doing, in my opinion, was reassessing the prospects of the CAR as a country.”

    With the CAR’s geopolitical situation now on the rise and AXMIN’s check book being a clean slate, the company has plans in 2019 to step up its online presence and further develop its assets.

    “I think you’re seeing the very beginning of it in that we’re going to be highly communicative,” Weill said.

    “We’re going to be far more proactive in our press releases and we’re basically looking to develop our in-country staff, further our relationship with the government and the government agencies that will be directly involved with our operation. We’re going to be actively soliciting strategic partners to assist us in developing the assets and we’re really just going to take it from there.”

    As of Monday (December 24) at 1:00 p.m. EST, AXMIN’s share price was sitting at C$0.235, up 683.33 percent year-to-date.

    Don’t forget to follow us @INN_Resource for real-time news updates!

    Securities Disclosure: I, Olivia Da Silva, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.
     
  18. Article: Central African Republic Returning Back To Normal

    https://www.voaafrique.com/a/les-pr%C3%A9paratifs-des-f%C3%AAtes-de-fin-d-ann%C3%A9e-battent-leur-plein/4713957.html

    The preparations for the end of year celebrations are in full swing

    December 25, 2018

    After several years of violence, the CAR is starting to return to its old-fashioned atmosphere. The preparations for the end of year festivities are going well and Bangui is vibrating with the Christmas celebration. Markets and streets are teeming with toys and the world.


    Almost all markets, department stores and avenues are full of toys of all kinds.

    To avoid any overflow on the avenues of the city center, the central city hall decided this year to create a common Christmas market. A soccer field in the 1st arrondissement houses this place, " quickly become attractive" according to Emile Gros-Raymond Nakombo, mayor of Bangui.

    The existence of this common market has created a real competition between toy merchants. Those who benefit are the customers who come in droves. For some, prices are affordable this year, others think the opposite.
    According to the vendors, the restoration of security on the Bangui-Douala axis has allowed the mass arrival of toys, which has considerably lowered prices, as confirmed a trader at VOA Africa.

    Even if a common market selling toys and other objects exists in the 1st arrondissement, the markets, streets and neighborhoods of other boroughs vibrate to the sound of trumpets, whistles, blows of horns.

    In short, the Central African capital is recovering its atmosphere before the security crisis.
     
  19. New CAR Mining & Geology Website Promoting Investment

    If you go to the website and translate it from French To English, you'll see that there's a big push from the government to invest in the country. Lots of projects are oil & gas based, but I bet they add Passendro sometime this year.

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/gouv.cf/posts/?ref=page_internal

    https://mines.gouv.cf/

    Gouvernement de la Centrafrique is with Louis-Firmin Kongoubé and 35 others in Bangui, Central African Republic.
    3 hrs ·
    Dear all
    I welcome you to the official portal of the ministry of mines and geology https://mines.gouv.cf/. this site to meet public expectations for information on the mining sector of the central African Republic. Indeed, the mining sector that could have brought economic growth very high, given the immense potential of the central African Republic, has not been at the meeting since the country's accession to independence. This is a matter of concern to which the government of the March 2016 elections attempts to provide a lasting response through the consolidation of the acquis and to draw up new guidelines on innovation and diversification.


    Happy and happy year 2019 and
    Good navigation



    Leopold Mboli-fatran


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  20. United Nations Job Offer For Gold Mining Projects In Central African Republic

    https://uncareer.net/vacancy/program-officer-gold-focus-m2m-206890


    • Added Date: Wednesday, 02 January 2019
    • Deadline Date: Thursday, 28 March 2019
    At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

    Department

    Mines to Markets (M2M) - Pact’s Mines to Markets Signature Initiative assists mineral-dependent communities to gain lasting benefits from the more sustainable use of the natural resources around them. Pact takes an integrated approach to its work in the mining sector: we link mining to livelihoods, governance, health, environment, and the strengthening of local, regional and national institutions. The M2M program is currently active in eleven countries, working with all scales of mining from large scale industrial operations (LSMs) to individual Artisanal and Small-scale Miners (ASMs) and their communities, in remote areas. For more information on current and some past projects at www.pactworld.org/mining.


    Position Overview

    Pact is seeking a Program Officer to support our expanding work gold mining communities, particularly in the African continent. While Pact has programs in several different mineral supply chains, this position will focus principally on artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) projects.

    The chosen candidate will support the design, development and delivery of Pact’s work with companies, communities and governments in the global mining sector to contribute to the achievement of Pact’s overall strategy. The candidate will provide technical support and mentorship to Pact staff around the world, and provide leadership and oversight to program design, including proposal writing, and program implementation.

    The candidate will be required to keep abreast of opportunities, regulations, actors, and best practices in the mining sector and to contribute to positioning Pact as a thought and practice leader in the field of mining, ASM formalization, and development. The Program Officer will be responsible for contributing to the development, implementation, and monitoring of project work plans, and liaising with country-based project teams to ensure adherence to best practices and standards. The candidate will be required to represent Pact at technical meetings and forums with key donors. The position will report to Daniel Stapper, Senior Program Office.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Designing and implementing, with support from the M2M team, development programs focusing on the diverse needs of the ASGM sector. Contribute to Pact’s technical excellence in relation to working on gold in all stages of the mineral supply chain, and with diverse stakeholder groups.
    • Represent Pact’s technical capabilities and promote Pact’s programming at donor meetings, internal events and national/international gold, mercury, and cyanide conferences.
    • Contribute to the development of popular and peer-reviewed publications as well as communications materials for delivery through multiple media channels.
    • Remain abreast of trends and research findings regarding mining sector issues, corporate responsibility, regulatory frameworks, industry standards and best practice in the mining sector and participate in disseminating them to country offices and relevant communities of practice.
    • Contribute to Pact’s due diligence programs - to ensure engagement with gold mining companies & organizations meets international standards, especially OECD guidance.
    • Support field offices in identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks involved in working with the mining sector, including human security and health risks associated with gold mining.
    • Play a role in business development by providing technical and business expertise and guidance, networking with donors to gather intelligence on up-coming funding opportunities, ensuring proposals are technically sound, and capitalizing upon Pact’s worldwide knowledge base.
    Ensuring quality programming

    • Provide technical support and ongoing oversight to projects in the mining sector.
    • Share best practices with project staff on regular basis using multiple communications channels and mechanisms, and support the integration of best practices into Pact’s programming.
    • Contribute to synergizing and mentoring Pact’s dispersed talent in country offices.
    • Provide technical assistance to field offices so that they better understand and are better able to meet industry standards and expectations of donors.
    • Support implementation of the M2M portfolio by sourcing consultants, interviewing program staff, developing or reviewing SOWs/TORs, and reviewing reports and project documentation.
    • Offer technical guidance to country offices to support effective and efficient spending of project funds on programming and integrated learning.
    • Provide technical oversight to, and management of gold related programs, as assigned.
    • Develop and monitor implementation of project work plans; support skills development and mentoring; and participate in self and peer performance assessments.
    Innovative program design, monitoring and evaluation
    • Contribute to technical learning across Pact on gold mining issues by staying up-to-date on best practices and research, networking with global technical stakeholders, and sharing learning in relevant and actionable ways across the organization.
    • Contribute to ensuring the mining sector is part of our Integrated Approach to maximize quality programming and impact and on the sharing of learnings across the organization and externally.
    • Work closely with technical staff to ensure integration across sectors and core competencies.
    • Contribute to technical aspects of proposal development (e.g. design workshops, technical reviews, bid reviews, and donor strategies).
    • Participate in scoping trips, proposal design meetings, recruitment of partners, responses to donor questions, and presentations to donors, when appropriate.
    • Under the guidance of the Senior Program Officers and M2M leadership, forge partnerships during pre-positioning and proposal development, building on previous strategic and technical experience with partners.
    Basic Requirements
    • Bachelor’s degree (at minimum) in Geosciences, Engineering, Mining, or related field. Preference will be given to candidates with technical skills in exploration, engineering, mine development or similar technical areas.
    • 5 years’ experience working in international development and/or corporate responsibility (3-4 years of experience if candidate has a Master’s or higher degree).
    • Experience working within ASGM contexts or on ASGM projects. Please list or describe these projects in your CV or cover letter.
    • Strong planning and management skills, with evidence provided in cover letter.
    • Ability and willingness to multitask, balancing and adapting to frequently changing priorities.
    • Ability to establish and sustain interpersonal and professional relationships with donors, local partners, host governments and other implementing organizations, as well as Pact staff.
    • Experience in fund raising (proposal writing) and project management (evidence to be provided in cover letter).
    • Experience with the mining sector, to be explained in cover letter: could include mineral extraction and processing; chemical-free gold processing; health and safety; environmental regulation; mining governance instruments and bodies; best practice and international standards (especially OECD); trade, supply chains and market access, etc.
    • Knowledge and experience in mercury reduction in ASGM contexts, is highly desired, and should be evidenced in cover letter.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, especially word, excel and PowerPoint (at minimum).
    • Excellent written and oral communications in English, and preferably (at least) 1 additional language.
    • Professional writing experience: experience in writing technical reports or similar.
    • Travel time required for this position is estimated to be 30%, but can be up to 50%. If this will be a challenge for applicant, relevant details should be indicated in cover letter.
    Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.


    Please apply here at https://careers-pactworld.icims.com/jobs/1126/program-officer-%28gold-focus%29%2c-m2m/job
     
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