Patience Singo

Patience Singo is Project Manager for Rwenzori Rare Metals, an exploration and mining company in Uganda. A mining engineer by profession he has more than 25 years in the mining sector with several years supporting and implementing projects on artisanal mining formalization and professionalization in several countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbeans. His experience includes advising governments, private sector, development agencies and communities on policy and governance, environmental management and sustainable development related to mining.

When artisanal mining is practised responsibly and professionally, it can be a driver of local economic development. For it to grow and contribute responsibly to the global mineral supply chain, it requires actors who will indulge in understanding the sector better, identify opportunities for technical support, and manage risk-taking. Standing aloof and expecting it to self-reform only leaves it in its current trajectory of poor mining practices and further disenfranchises it from responsible global supply chains.

 

 

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