Civil society organisations in African countries are known to be extremely vigilant on many matters they are mandated to administer. While they are within their rights to act like that, sometimes their actions or statements reinforce negative investor perceptions about doing business on the continent in sectors like mining.
This is the gist of the message from Grain Malunga, Malawi’s Chamber of Mines and Energy National Coordinator, Grain Malunga.
Malunga singles out hostility from civil society organisations and negative media reporting about the mining sector as one of the main challenges investors face.
Malawi’s newly launched Chamber of Mines and Energy has its work cut out. It hopes to provide support to improve relations between companies and communities.