We, the representatives of West African Civil Society Organizations, under the auspices of the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF), working on the Extractive Sector, with the support of OXFAM,  having met on February 21-22, 2013 in Accra, Republic of Ghana, deliberated on the adopted ECOWAS Mineral Development Policy (EMDP), the Directive and the Implementation Plan with the overall objective of initiating entry points for the civil society towards the effective implementation of the Policy and Directive on the one hand, and most importantly the adoption of a Regional Mineral Code on the other hand. During the past two days, West African civil society organisations from over ten countries were able to examine critically the implementation plan of the EMPD and identified entry points for a sustained and constant implication leading to the adoption of a Regional Mineral Code.
 OBSERVATIONS AND RECOMMANDATIONS   

West African Civil Society under WACSOF

A)     Applauds and commends ECOWAS’ including us in the EMDP process since the outset, at the conception stage of the policy

B)     recognizes that civil society is a strategic and key actor in facilitating the sustainable achievement of the objectives of the adopted Directive and Policy

C)     Reasserts that governments have the responsibility for managing natural resources base in a sustainable manner

D)     Reasserts the sovereignty of citizens over natural resources and deserve to benefit from revenues generated by the exploitation of resources

E)      Invites states with weak mineral codes to retrofit their strategies to ensure the following sequence: vision, policy, law, regulations before getting to contracts

F)      Invites states to specifically aim at converting West African natural resource endowments into lasting benefits for the people and society.

G)     Emphasizes the idea of adding value toward the strategic transformation and diversification of our economies

H)     Invites states to use the EMPD in combination with the African Mining Vision for effective regional implementation

I)        Invites states to coalesce in resource management sharing to boost effectiveness in the sector

 WITH THE AIM OF CONSOLIDATING AND UPHOLDING THE EFFORTS AND INITIATIVES OF WEST AFRICAN CSOs IN THE EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE POLICY, WE

a)      RESOLVED to reconnect, with determination, into the process of the implementation of the ECOWAS Mineral Development Policy

b)      APPLAUDED the nomination of the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources of Ghana, Honorable Minister Inusah Fuseini as the Ambassador of the West African CSOs nominated to convey the stance and voice of CSOs working on the extractive sector to and/or before his peers at the ECOWAS Authority and State Actors.

c)      RESOLVED to mainstream the efforts of the civil society into the national efforts at country levels for the effective implementation of the Policy in the interest and benefit of the people of West Africa.