GoviEx works closely with all stakeholders during the exploration and development of its projects, and maintains a commitment to local employment and the use of local suppliers. The company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs are developed with input from host governments and people from local communities.
The focus of GoviEx’s CSR programmes are Education, Health, Water and Sustainability. With that goal in mind, we have very active CSR programmes in Mali, Niger and Zambia.
Niger – Madaouela
Since starting activities in Niger in 2007, the company has endeavoured to maintain close relationships with its local stakeholders through constant communication and listening to their needs, allowing both the government and GoviEx to remain up-to-date and involved in their respective processes
To that end the company recently helped with donation for the COVID 19 fund, and to assists with recent flooding in Niamey (August 2020)
Historically, uranium has accounted for 60% to 70% of Niger’s annual exports, and uranium has been a major contributor to the national economy since 1971. Unfortunately, the existing mines that produce approximately 8% of global supply each year are expected to close in the next five to ten years. The timing of GoviEx’s Madaouela Uranium Project development within this period is expected to enable the extended employment of skilled staff in a region with low employment opportunities, and provide a continuation of uranium exports and tax generation for Niger.
In 2009, GoviEx instituted a near-100% Nigerien employment policy, enforcing the company’s commitment to prioritizing local labour. This policy extended to the choice of contractors, with Esafor, a Nigerien drilling contractor, completing the majority of the 650,000 metres of drilling, and Legeni, a Nigerien environmental consultancy, completing the baseline work required for the environmental certificate.
GoviEx has provided over US$1 million in famine relief in Niger, to which the Canadian government added a further US$6 million. GoviEx also has initiated projects related to women’s empowerment through sustainable, revenue-generating activities. In addition, the company has made investments to improve rural educational facilities, drilled water wells that serve over 2,000 Nigeriens in the region, and worked with partners to develop social sports academies.