August 31, 2016
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organize "G7 CONNEX Initiative International Conference on Capacity Building and Transparency" as a follow-up to the G7 Ise-Shima Summit. Please send an application form (see below) by 17.00 on 9 September (Friday).
We are looking forward to your participation.
Date:2016.09.15 09:30-16:00 (17:00-19:00 Welcome Reception)
   09.16 09:30-14:30 (13:15-14:30 Lunch Buffet)
Venue:International Conference Room, 2nd Floor, JICA Ichigaya Building
Participation Fee:Free of Charge
Language:Japanese / English (simultaneous interpretation available)

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The G7 initiative on "Strengthening Assistance for Complex Contract Negotiations (CONNEX)," launched at the G7 Brussels Summit in 2014, aims to provide developing country partners, which are advancing economic development through export of extractive products such as energy and mineral resources, with multi-disciplinary and concrete expertise for negotiating complex commercial contracts in order to secure fairness and transparency while protecting interests of the host country and investing companies.

At the G7 Ise-Shima Summit held this May, Japan led the discussion and placed CONNEX as one of the global efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focusing on the efforts on capacity building in the developing countries, improving transparency in extractives industries, and establishing a firm linkage among developing countries with natural resources, investing companies and various aid agencies. As a result, the G7 successfully issued the "CONNEX Guiding Principles towards Sustainable Development". Based on this achievement, Japan will organize this follow-up conference to disseminate the results as Chair of the G7 and to further develop discussions on our future efforts.

This International Conference invites experts from G7, international organizations and countries with natural resources and holds panel discussions on the current international situation of the extractives sector, challenges and opportunities in improving capacity building and transparency on extractive projects, and current trend of extractive companies’ efforts on transparency.

We are looking forward to your participation.

Provisional Agenda

September 15

9:30-9:40Opening Remarks
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
9:40-10:10Session 1:
Theme:Current international situation and future prospects of the extractives sector
Keynote speech
Mr. Nobuhito Hobo, Vice President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) Alliance
Mr. Gunter Nooke, Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa

(Coffee Break)

10:30-12:00Session 2 Panel Discussions
Theme:Opportunities and challenges of the extractives sector in achieving the SDGs/ Launch event of the Mapping Mining to the SDGs
The Presentation on the Mapping Mining to the SDGs
Mr. Sam Szoke-Burke, Legal Researcher, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI)
Panel Discussion (France, EU, CC SI, The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)(tbc), The International Forum on Mining, Minerals Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) and The African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC), GRIPS)
12:00-13:30Lunch Buffet
13:30-14:00Session 3
Theme:Japan's Contribution to Capacity Building
Keynote speech
Mr. Yoshitaka Hosoi, Senior Advidsor for Naturl Resources, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
14:00-16:30Special Session
Theme:Efforts to improve transparency
The Kick-off presentation
Mr. Jonas Moberg, Head of Secretariat, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
Panel Dscussion (EITI, World bank, Myanmar, U.S., UK, Germany, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and extractive company (tbd))
17:00-19:00Welcome Reception

September 16

9:35-10:45Session 4 Panel Discussions
Theme:The progress of the CONNEX initiative and its contribution on capacity building in the context of achieving the SDGs
Panel Discussion (Germany, Italy, CCSI, OECD, Japan Federation Bar Association (tbc) and IGF)
11:00-13:00Session 5 Panel Discussions
Theme:The future direction of capacity building and the CONNEX Initiative
Panel Discussion (Japan, AMDC, National University of Mongolia, Asia Development Bank,(ADB), African Legal Support Facility(ALSF), World Bank, JICA and Dr. Dolgonos(Jones Day))
13:00-13:15Closing Remarks
13:15-14:30Lunch Buffet
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