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Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources

RINR Steering Structure

 The ICGLR Regional Committee on the Fight against Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources, provided for in the Protocol and the Regional Initiative on the Fight against Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources, is the primary organ responsible for the implementation of the Protocol and the Regional Initiative on the Fight against Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources. Article 25 of the Protocol outlines the mission of the committee which is summarized as ensuring and steering effective implementation of the Protocol and the Regional Initiative in Member States.

The ICGLR Regional Committee on the fight against illegal exploitation of natural resources, is composed of one representative  of each Member State, selected from a pool of  men and women reputed for their high moral standing, impartiality and competence with respect to curbing the illegal exploitation of natural resources. The Regional Committee reports and submits its recommendations to the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) of the ICGLR Ministers of Foreign Affairs which reports to the Heads of State Summit of the Conference.

Throughout this process, the ICGLR Secretariat assumes the advisory and technical role to Member States through the Regional Committee on the fight against illegal exploitation of natural resources and the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee. The establishment and operationalization of ICGLR supervision and monitoring structures such as Third Party Auditors (TPAs), Independent Mineral Chain Auditor (IMCA), Regional Database on Mineral Flows, Analytical Fingerprinting (AFP) and Whistle-blowing Mechanism (WBM is another way of monitoring the efficiency of the Initiative in contributing to the restoration of peace by curbing the link between the funding of recurring armed rebel activities and mineral exploitation in the region.

 

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