PARIS, Nov. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan announced today, during an
official ceremony held in Conakry, that it will support Guinea's efforts to
achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through a Partnership with the
United Nations Development Programme and Guinea's National Ministry of the
Interior and Security. The Partnership will fund a project to strengthen the
planning capacity of elected officials and civil servants in the Boké region,
where Rio Tinto Alcan holds an interest in Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée
(CBG) and is studying development of an alumina refinery.
"Rio Tinto Alcan is pleased to enhance its long-standing relationship
with Guinea and Guineans through this Partnership designed to help them
achieve the Millennium Development Goals," said Steve Hodgson, President and
chief executive officer, Bauxite and Alumina, Rio Tinto Alcan. "This
Partnership underlines Rio Tinto Alcan's commitment to engage and partner with
multiple stakeholders in our operating communities, to establish and work
towards common objectives that aim to deliver prosperous and sustainable
futures," he concluded.
The Partnership has engaged the Association des volontaires pour le
développement en Guinée - an NGO whose main areas of focus include rural
development and decentralization in upper and central Guinea - to train
approximately 150 elected officials and civil servants to produce five-year
development plans in support of the Government's efforts to achieve the MDGs.
In addition to the Partnership, Rio Tinto Alcan will help elected officials
identify financial partners that can provide rural communities with assistance
in implementing their plans in areas such as health, education and
income-generating activities. The number of people expected to benefit
directly and indirectly from this Partnership is approximately 500,000.
"Rio Tinto Alcan recognises that in order to be successful, it needs
healthy and productive operating communities," said Robert Théorêt, Managing
Director, Rio Tinto Alcan Guinea. "Similarly, Rio Tinto Alcan's operating
communities and civil society need the Company to create employment, wealth
and innovation that improves socio-economic conditions," continued Théorêt.
"It is this interdependence that offers infinite potential to create real and
sustainable value for both Rio Tinto Alcan and Guineans," he concluded.
The Partnership, just one part of a broader Rio Tinto Alcan
sustainability strategy planned for Guinea, is also aligned with the
Government's decentralization strategy, which is supported by the World Bank,
the Agence Française de Développement and the International Fund for
Agricultural Development, via le Programme d'Appui aux Communautés
Villageoises. It will allow rural communities to participate in and direct
their own development to establish effective local governance.
Rio Tinto Alcan has held an interest in CBG since it began operations in
1973. CBG directly employs 2,500 people and is one of the largest bauxite
mines in the world and the leading company in Guinea. Since its inception, CBG
has been a major contributor to the socio-economic well-being of its operating
communities (Kamsar and Sangaredi) in the areas of education, health, potable
water, energy, infrastructure and tax revenue.
The eight MDGs were drawn from the Millennium Declaration, which was
endorsed by all Member States of the United Nations in 2001. The MDGs, which
range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and
providing universal primary education, must be achieved by 2015.
About Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited,
which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and
uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and
iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia
and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe
and southern Africa.
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For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan, Media Relations, Conakry:
Robert Théorêt, +224-64 27 77 13, email@example.com; Rio Tinto Alcan,
Media Relations, Montreal: Bryan Tucker, +1 514 848 8151,