Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development
Mega investments in the extractive industries – including oil, gas, and mining – have the potential to be a springboard for development in many low- and middle-income countries, through major tax revenues, technology transfer, infrastructure development, employment and capacity building. However, reaping those benefits is challenging, and more often these investments have been a source of corruption, social degradation, resource dependency, and environmental catastrophe. How then can resource-rich countries faced with this double-edged sword make informed decisions about how to effectively leverage these resources for economic and social development while mitigating negative externalities?
The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC) and the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development (CGSD) will be tackling this question with policy-makers and practitioners once again in their second annual Executive Training Program on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development, held at Columbia University in New York City from June 9th through 20th, 2014. Targeting mid-level public sector officials, civil society, and private sector representatives, the training is designed to equip leaders to take on the complex challenge of resource-driven development and to encourage a rich dialogue about best practices from around the globe.
The inaugural training, which took place in New York City in June 2013, hosted sixteen public sector and civil society representatives from 9 resource-rich countries, and included seminars on transparent and mutually beneficial legal and fiscal frameworks, long-term planning and revenue management, integrated rural and community development, and environmental management, among others. The Summer 2014 training will build on the success of the initial program, and we look forward to welcoming a diverse group of participants to continue the global conversation about the role of extractive industries in the sustainable development strategies of resource-rich countries.
If you are interested in participating in the training or know of qualified candidates for the training, please visit our website at www.vcc.columbia.edu/exectraining for more information including how to apply. The deadline for applications for the upcoming training is March 1st, 2014.