New Canadian Initiatives in Africa

February 3, 2014

  • Energy Sector Capacity Building Project in Tanzania ($15.5 million over five years)

    This project, implemented in collaboration with the World Bank, aims to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Tanzania to develop its nascent natural gas sector and to develop public‑private partnerships for power generation. It will help to improve power supply as well as stimulate economic growth and enable socio-economic development.

  • Skills Training for Employment in Mozambique ($18.5 million over six years)

    This initiative, implemented by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), will help create Centres of Excellence dedicated to skills training in the provinces of Tete (rich in coal) and Cabo Delgado (rich in gas). This project will help as many as 4,000 qualified Mozambicans (men and women) enter the workforce and obtain good jobs in the mining and extractive-related industry.

  • Support to the Mozambican Ministry of Mineral Resources to Develop a CSR Policy ($200,000 over one year)

    This project, implemented by the Mozambican Ministry of Mineral Resources, supports the development of a national policy on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the mining, oil and gas sectors. Mozambique has a growing extractive sector, which represents an important source of revenue and employment creation expected to drive sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

  • Extractives Cooperation for Enhanced Economic Development (EXCEED)

    This Program will support new and innovative multi-country projects in the extractive sector in Africa. Investments will include technical assistance initiatives, multi-country projects, and strategic partnership arrangements with leading international and Canadian institutions, leveraging Canada's expertise to assist in building the capacity of African countries to maximize the benefits of their own resource wealth. EXCEED will support projects through an initial total budget of up to $25 million per year.

    The EXCEED Program is a new funding mechanism to expand Canada's involvement in areas of high development impact in the extractive sector in Africa.  It will support large-scale projects that complement the services offered by key institutions funded by Canada.  These institutions include the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development, managed by a consortium of Canadian universities, which will mobilize Canadian and international expertise and practical experience in strengthening extractive resource governance, and the African Minerals Development Centre, an African-owned initiative designed to support implementation of the African Union's Africa Mining Vision.