Established in 1999, AIMES is a Pan-African grouping of civil society organizations from mineral-endowed African countries. Key among AIMES’ objectives is providing a common front for advocates working towards improving the governance of Africa’s mineral economy, ensuring a more equitable and sustainable exploitation and contribution of the mineral sector to Africa’s development. Thus AIMES, has been at the forefront of various African civil society initiatives aimed at optimising the minimal returns that mineral-endowed African countries make from their rich mineral resources. This has involved offering alternate policies through calls for changes in mining codes across the continent, working with institutions such as the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to fashion out a new continental mining framework, the African Mining Vision that demands a mining regime aimed at putting mining at the centre of Africa’s industrial development. AIMES holds annual strategic meetings that are also used for capacity building and solidarity purposes and are hosted by members in turn. Third World Network-Africa hosts the secretariat of AIMES.

Information Brief on the CFTA 21st August 2017

Concerns on the ongoing negotiations on the proposed Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and the much-needed industrialisation within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) became one of the topical issues during the 13th annual alliance gathering of faith-based...

The CFTA and Industrial Policy: Minerals and the AMV

DEVELOPING COUNTRY DEPENDENCY ON COMMODITIES 2011-2013 (UNCTAD) Commodities and “Africa Rising” Taking together agricultural commodities, timber, metals and minerals, and hydrocarbons, natural resources have accounted for roughly 35% of Africa’s growth since 2000. Resource-based raw and semi-processed goods accounted...

Civil society unhappy with suspension of windfall tax

Coordinator Third World Network (TWN), a civil society group, Dr. Yao Graham, has criticised government over its suspension of windfall profit tax in the mining sector. The Finance Ministry on Monday confirmed that it has put plans to introduce...

Why Government of Ghana Must Implement New Taxes in 2012

In October, 2011, the government of Ghana made a promise that it will increase profit tax paid by mining companies, collect windfall profit tax, and implement a uniform regime for capital allowance of 20% for five years. The government deemed these as some of the steps...