JOGMEC Seminar on Mine Pollution Control Technology and Exploration held in Zambia.
-The first step in cooperation based on “Japan’s Initiatives for Promotion of African Resources Development”-
Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (“JOGMEC”, President: Hirobumi Kawano) conducted the seminar on “Mine Pollution Control Technology and Exploration“ jointly with Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) and the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development of the Republic of Zambia (MMEWD) on June 21st in Lusaka, Zambia.
The seminar was held based on the memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was signed on May 17th 2013 among three parties, JOGMEC, MMEWD and Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry of the Republic of Zambia, during former Minister Mr. Yamfwa Mukanga’s visit to Japan. Holding the seminar was the first step of “Japan’s Initiatives for Promotion of African Resources Development”, which was presented by Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister of METI, and approved by participating countries at the Africa-Japan Ministerial Meeting for Resources Development held on May 18, 2013 in Tokyo.
JOGMEC Seminar on Mine Pollution Control
Technology and Exploration held in Zambia
At the seminar, following the official opening by Mr. Tetsuji Nagatomo, Executive Director, Metals and Coal Finance and Environment Unit, JOGMEC, Hon. Mr. Christopher Yaluma, Minister of MMEWD, expressed his gratitude for Japan’s cooperation in holding the seminar and said “JOGMEC’s support will go a long way in transforming Zambia’s mining sector into one of the most sustainable.”
In his opening address, H.E. Mr. Akio Egawa, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia, showed his expectation that JOGMEC’s activities would boost Zambia’s investment environment so that Japanese investment in Zambia’s mining and other sectors will grow in the future.
Four presentations by Japanese experts were given.
At first, Mr. Tomio Harada, deputy director of mineral and natural resources division, agency for natural resources and energy of METI, presented “Japan’s Policy for Sustainable Development of Mineral Resource Sector in Africa”. Then, JOGMEC introduced technology transfer of satellite image analysis for Southern African Development Community (SADC), exploration techniques, JOGMEC’s role in exploration and mine pollution control in Africa and mine pollution control measures in abandoned mines in Japan. On the other hand, Zambian experts presented on exploration activities and legal system and works on mine pollution prevention in Zambia. In question-and-answer-sessions following each presentation, the total number of 90 participants, who belong to public or private sectors, were very active in asking in-depth and wide-reaching questions.
So far, JOGMEC has already held seminars on mine pollution control mainly in Asia and South America. Those seminars have contributed to the sustainable development of mining sectors in developing countries by transferring technologies and sharing knowledge Japan has obtained from its own experiences. They have also supported Japanese investment by strengthening bilateral relationships. JOGMEC will continue cooperating with resource rich countries, particularly Africa, understanding needs of each partner country.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
JOGMEC and Zambia have reached an agreement on implementation of second phase of technology transfer in JOGMEC Geological Remote Sensing Centre in Botswana, and holding a seminar on mine pollution control technology and exploration in Zambia.”
The Japan-Africa Ministerial Meeting for Resources Development
- Held in Tokyo on May 18th, 2013
- Co-chair：Toshimitsu Motegi, The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Susan Shabangu, Minister of Department of Mineral Resources, Republic of South Africa
- Participating countries：Republic of Angola,Republic of Botswana,Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabonese Republic, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Madagascar, Republic of Malawi, Republic of Mozambique,Republic of Namibia, Republic of Niger,Republic of South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Zambia and Republic of Zimbabwe
Mr.Tetsuji Nagatomo, Executive Director,
Metals and Coal Finance and Environment Unit
His Excellency Mr. Akio Egawa
Ambassador of Japan to Zambia
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