It is more important than ever that Africa develops a common vision for its critical minerals, and a regional development strategy anchored in these minerals.

This year’s Conference of Parties (COP28) will feature a first-of-its-kind trade day on 4 December 2023 — an unparalleled event in the context of UN climate conferences. The day will highlight the potential for trade to act as a catalyst for climate-smart development, focusing on issues like value-chain decarbonisation and resilience. Significantly, this trade day will include a session on critical minerals.

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