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Academics and private sector actors meet to discuss Local Content Compact

By Victoria Saffa

An academic research group, comprising five researchers from Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone, and Njala University College, has met to brainstorm on and proffer solutions to the successful implementation of the Local Content Policy.

The workshop, which was facilitated by Canadian Professor Emmanuel Raufflet, also had participants from GIZ and London Mining Company. The multidisciplinary group held discussions around contemporary international academic debate on natural resource governance, corporate social responsibility and the raison d’état of the nascent Local Content Policy.

The group, led by key discussants Hussine Yilla from the Word Bank Private Sector Development, Finda Koroma, a consultant from the Ministry of Trade and Industry on local content policy monitoring, evaluation and outreach and Claude Perras, Head of Sustainability at London Mining Company, held fruitful deliberations on the Local Content Compact.

A follow up workshop has been scheduled for late January, when it is envisaged a comprehensive research agenda will be developed, which would liaise with governmental actors and civil society organizations.

The workshop was supported by GIZ, London Mining and the University of Montreal, Canada.