This is how I began on 18 November 2012:
We will be collecting, collating and commenting on news, research and initiatives in Malawi’s extractive industry so that information is more widely and easily available for interested investors, concerned citizens, present political leaders, agitated activists, etc.
With more information at our fingertips, we will be better placed to drive debate, inform policy, push for improving the investment climate and transparency in the sector and make progress in maximising the much-touted potential of the industry for national, community and household socio-economic growth.
The irony of choosing to remain anonymous while promoting open access to information did not escape me, especially since I have always stood firmly with those calling for greater transparency and accountability in the extractive industries. This is why I have decided to start using my real name.
That said, the aim is still to help provide greater coverage of the extractive industries within Malawi, using an open online space. Ghana (Reporting Oil and Gas) and Uganda (Oil in Uganda) have similar online hubs which started as funded projects. Hitherto, Mining in Malawi is neither affiliated with nor funded by any entity.
By going public, I hope I can open this space for other contributors and improve the trust between the blog and actors in the sector. I hope too that those working in the sector will engage with Mining in Malawi to see that their activities and efforts are recorded online.
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