CFSI Workshop 12: Pre-read: BGR Support to Mineral Certification in Rwanda – Roadmap on Recent Progress

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Roadmap on recent progress on mineral certification in Rwanda, from the German government's Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources.

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CFSI Workshop 12: Pre-read: BGR Support to Mineral Certification in Rwanda – Roadmap on Recent Progress

  1. 1. BGR Support to Mineral Certification in Rwanda – Roadmap on Recent Progress Nov-Dec 2011: RINR SCOM formally approves the Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM) manual and appendix; the RCM includes CTC standards as “progress criteria” (that is, monitored but not enforced) Jan-Feb 2012: Consultations on the development of a new mine inspection template (checklist) in Rwanda, integrating national and RCM standards, start; inspector field training on health and safety; draft and consultations on national regulation for RCM implementation framework in RWA Feb 2012: RNRA, BGR, and ICGLR formally enter into MOU to implement certification/formalization support project in RWA Mar 2012: project planning workshop with ICGLR, BGR, GIZ, PAC, Rwandan and Burundian counterparts in Bujumbura; MINIRENA issues comprehensive regulation on RCM implementation in RWA; certification workshop at LMU regarding lessons learnt/best practice in global certification initiatives May 2012: initial progress on certification is presented by Rwandan counterparts at ICGLR-OECD- UN forum in Paris; BGR supports organization of the election of the ICGLR audit committee member for the Rwandan private sector Jun 2012: BGR and RMCA support the organization of a peer learning exchange program on certification, traceability, and formalization: Burundian delegation tours Rwanda for one week July 2012: BGR is nominated to oversee SCBI capacity building regarding capacity building on mineral certification in RWA; RBS and RNRA enter into MOU regarding the establishment of a Certification Unit for ICGLR certification of export shipments; July-Aug 2012: update of mine inspection template; successful field testing of new inspection template at four Rwandan mines (eventually until November), supported by BGR; optimization and finalization of inspection template taking into account practical lessons from the field; export certification trial runs start with several exporters in Kigali under coordination of the Certification Unit; draft export certification procedures are developed and optimized in collaboration with mineral exporters Oct 2012: training of two RNRA counterparts on AFP sample preparation at BGR labs in Germany; inaugural meeting of ICGLR audit committee in Kigali Nov 2012: BGR supports attendance of RNRA counterparts to ICGLR SCOM in Bujumbura, and preparation of information documents for upcoming international meetings Dec 2012: RNRA counterparts present progress at the ICGLR-OECD-UN forum in Paris Feb-Mar 2013: RNRA laboratory in Kigali is renovated to serve as AFP sample preparation center; BGR organizes health and safety short course for mine inspectors; pilot baseline evaluation of chain of custody systems in RWA against ICGLR standards Mar-Apr 2013: BGR supports broad-scale RNRA mine inspection program; associated outreach workshops in all Rwandan provinces to inform miners, local authorities, and security organs on ICGLR RCM and national standards May 2013: RNRA counterparts present progress at the ICGLR-OECD-UN forum in Paris and the EICC-GeSI workshop in Hong Kong Jun 2013: meeting of Certification Unit Steering Board, taking decisions on procurement procedures and funding of ICGLR export certificates
  2. 2. Jul 2013: AFP preparation laboratory center opens in Kigali Aug-Sep 2013: BGR commissions study to develop ICGLR third party audit methodology, in collaboration with the ICGLR audit committee

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