Principles for Shared Use of Mining Infrastructure: Tapping into Win-Win Solutions for Mining Companies, Governments, and Communities
On February 10, 2016, at the Investing in African Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa, the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets held a roundtable to launch a yearlong effort toward establishing a set of principles for shared use of mining infrastructure. The roundtable brought together 35 representatives from mining companies, international law firms, infrastructure engineers and project practitioners, infrastructure investors, development finance institutions (DFIs), civil society organizations (CSOs), mining ministries, and academia. The roundtable focused on investigating:
- The prospects for shared-use infrastructure in the mining and natural resource sectors
- The potential for developing a widely accepted set of principles governing that shared use
- Initial ideas of what those principles might entail
The Milken Institute plans to carry this work forward through a series of international workshops and other convenings, supported by substantive research and stakeholder inputs. What follows is a summary of the discussions.