Civil Society holds Mining Forum in Lesotho.

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As part of on-going dialogue between civil society organisations (CSOs), private sector, government, host communities and the general public on the role of extractive sector on development in Lesotho, the Policy Analysis and Research Institute of Lesotho (PARIL), held a meeting on the 12th and 13th November, 2014 in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho.

The National Mining Forum under the theme “Strengthening Resource Governance to Avert Resource Curse in Lesotho”, serves to create platform for PARIL to share its researches with host communities, trade unions, CSOs and policy makers on extractive operations in Lesotho.

According to PARIL the government of Lesotho has mainly focused on the foreign direct investment as the only form of investment into the extractive sector.

“The government has totally banned artisanal mining in Lesotho with the enactment of the 2005 Mining and Minerals Act. Host communities are left on their own to deal with multinational corporations who often make oral promises in order to be granted mining consent,” argues PARIL in its press statement.

The institute believes that extractive sector in Lesotho has the potential to be a force for development, state-building and social cohesion, making a difference to the lives of millions of Basotho.

The forum is held ahead of the Africa Mining Forum in February, 2015 in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa.

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