Anglo Malagasy Society – panel discussion on mining in Madagascar

The Andrew Lees Trust’s Director, Yvonne Orengo, will join a panel discussion at the Anglo Malagasy Society (AMS) in London to debate mining in Madagascar- see the AMS information below and link to access tickets:

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Panel discussion: Can mining contribute to sustainable development in Madagascar? 19:00, Wed 13 March 2019

This panel discussion will explore case studies of mining in Madagascar, including Rio Tinto, Ambatovy and Tulear Sands, and discuss some of the pressing social and environmental challenges that extractives projects present to the island and its citizens. The discussion will also include enquiry around the regulatory, legal and economic frameworks and how these support or undermine the value of the extractive industries’ contribution to the public purse and the realisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Four panellists with a long history of working in a wide range of contrasting sectors in Madagascar will present and debate key questions; there will also be a Q&A session with AMS members, and participation is encouraged to ensure a range of views are heard.

Moderator: Paul Melly (Chatham House) Panelists: Amber Huff (political ecologist, Institute of Development Studies); Vola Parker (author of ‘Rio Tinto and Madagascar: is it Equitable?’); John Ffooks (John W Ffooks & Co, lawyers specialising in natural resources); and Yvonne Orengo (Director, Andrew Lees Trust).

The ticket price for the evening event includes a free bar and delicious Malagasy buffet dinner. There will be a chance to chat with the panel and mingle with others to chat about Madagascar before and after the lecture.

Time: Doors open at 18:30 for a 19:00 start.

Venue: Access to the Upper Vestry Hall is at the back of St George’s Bloomsbury in Little Russell Street. It is near Tottenham Court Road and Holborn underground stations.

Tickets: Tickets for the event, including buffet meal cost £15 for society members, £20 for non-members and £9 for students. You can book and pay online here. Please book in advance (we need to know numbers for catering); tickets bought ‘on the door’ are subject to a £5 surcharge.

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