November 28, 2020 8:39 am


creating an open and constructive environment to support the economic, social and environmental structural transformation of Africa's mineral sector


Our Focus are All Mineral Resources in Africa: Solid, Liquid and Gas.

More specifically, MADI’s focuses on three main categories of Minerals that form distinctive Minerals Value Chains:

  • Energy Minerals
  • Metallic Minerals and
  • Non-Metallic Minerals

MADI fully supports African Mining Vision (AMV) statement that harnessing natural resources endowments in Africa is the key to Africa’s development.

The African Union Specialized Technical Committee of the Ministers responsible for Trade, Industry and Minerals Resources Development defined Minerals Resources as all Solid, Liquid and Gas.

Africa Mining Vision says: Harnessing natural resources endowments is the key to Africa’s development.

“Africa is the world’s top producer of numerous mineral commodities and has the world’s greatest resources of many more, but most of Africa still lacks systematic geological mapping which could bring to light a much greater resource base. Unfortunately, most of Africa’s minerals are exported as ores, concentrates or metals, without significant value-addition. There is thus a large potential for mineral beneficiation. Africa also has significant known resources of fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal) and has large biomass and bio-fuels potential (ethanol, bio-diesel), especially in the tropics. In addition, it has massive hydro-electric potential (e.g. Inga 45GW, Congo River 200GW) and largely un-assessed geothermal potential along the Great African Rift Valley.”

The Africa Mining Vision shared vision for transparent, equitable and optimal exploitation of mineral resources to underpin broad-based sustainable growth and socio-economic development will comprise:

  • A knowledge-driven African mining sector that catalyses & contributes to the broad-based growth & development of, and is fully integrated into, a single African market through:
  1. Down-stream linkages into mineral beneficiation and manufacturing;
  2. Up-stream linkages into mining capital goods, consumables & services industries;
  3. Side-stream linkages into infrastructure (power, logistics; communications, water) and skills & technology development (HRD and R&D);
  4. Mutually beneficial partnerships between the state, the private sector, civil society, local          communities and other stakeholders; and
  5. A comprehensive knowledge of its mineral endowment.
  • A sustainable and well-governed mining sector that effectively garners and deploys resource rents and that is safe, healthy, gender & ethnically inclusive, environmentally friendly, socially responsible and appreciated by surrounding communities;
  • A mining sector that has become a key component of a diversified, vibrant and globally competitive industrializing African economy;
  • A mining sector that has helped establish a competitive African infrastructure platform, through the maximization of its propulsive local & regional economic linkages;
  • A mining sector that optimizes and husbands Africa’s finite mineral resource endowments and that is diversified, incorporating both high value metals and lower value industrial minerals at both commercial and small-scale levels;
  • A mining sector that harness the potential of artisanal and small-scale mining to stimulate local/national entrepreneurship, improve livelihoods and advance integrated rural social and economic development; and
  • A mining sector that is a major player in vibrant and competitive national, continental and international capital and commodity markets.

As such, MADI focuses on all mineral resources – oil, gas and solid minerals. In this regards, MADI looks at Minerals Value Chains and their products as Africa pushes for reducing export of commodities to promoting resources based industrialisation. 

African governments should not focus on maximizing revenue but optimizing value along the value chains; similarly, Industries and Companies investing in Africa should not focus on maximizing profits for their shareholders, but should focus on shared value or value creation along the value chains.

MADI’s cross cutting themes for these three focus Minerals categories are:

  • Mineral Policies, Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) and Conflict Minerals

Learn about our core focus areas by selecting the respective options on the left-hand menu.

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