ALEC SELLEM VIEW ON ARTISANAL AND SMALL-SCALE MINING(ASM)

Alec Sellem is the CEO and founder of Sellem industries limited, which is located at London, England and United Kingdom. His website is www.sellemindustries.com. He has established partnerships with energy conservation and people who are professional’s business minded. He is based in London.

He was honored to be among the panel to speak about the state of energy law and to give possible solutions in Africa. He is interested in the current happenings in both artisanal and small-scale mining. Alec said ASM had grown tremendously in some rural areas. He said ASM differs with that of Large-scale mining because of the low amount invested and use of little mechanization.

Local communities provide ASM labor. It is also a source of employment approximated to be 80 countries. ASM is a source of mineral and metals significantly. It produces 20% each of Gold and Diamond supplied in the world and 80% of Sapphire.

ASM is profitable to investors and the communities because it employs. Improvement and investors should be made in the ASM mining areas before mining. They include educating workers and communities and improving infrastructure or creating new ones because it is a significant challenge in the areas that are developing. ASM generate job opportunities in places with very little or no economic activity.

ASM consists of unskilled workers and those who work from site to another. Though ASM is recognized as helping to alleviate poverty, the materials used put the miners and the people in the surrounding at risk. New Technology has been introduced to minimize the impact of dangerous mining properties used, such as Mercury. Though there is a challenge of those concerned not willing to invest in Technology, thus there is the need for practical use of Technology to show miners the advantages of using the Technology to help achieve the needs of both human and environment.

Organizations have been put up to ensure the integration of ASM to ensure maximum use of mining and production and ensuring responsible practices are applied. ASM can have a positive impact on the areas that are economically deprived when proper guidelines and standards have been followed. Communication is also essential between those investing, miners, and the communities.

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