The CONNEX Support Unit

The G7 CONNEX Initiative supports governments of developing countries and economies in transition in the negotiation of complex commercial contracts in the extractive sector. It was established by the G7 at its summit in Brussels in 2014.

 

The CONNEX Support Unit, which implements the Initiative, operates globally, and offers governments of developing countries and economies in transition independent, demand-oriented, multi-disciplinary and rapid support in preparing for and negotiating large-scale, complex investment contracts in the extractive sector. Its aim is for countries to agree commercially viable contracts that contribute as much as possible to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

THE CONNEX SUPPORT UNIT

The G7 CONNEX Initiative supports governments of developing countries and economies in transition in the negotiation of complex commercial contracts in the extractive sector. It was established by the G7 at its summit in Brussels in 2014.

The CONNEX Support Unit, which implements the Initiative, operates globally, and offers governments of developing countries and economies in transition independent, demand-oriented, multi-disciplinary and rapid support in preparing for and negotiating large-scale, complex investment contracts in the extractive sector. Its aim is for countries to agree commercially viable contracts that contribute as much as possible to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

NEWS & EVENTS

CONNEX mentioned at IGF´s 16th Annual General Meeting by the German Parliamentary State SecretaryMore

CONNEX Hosts Webinar on How Governments Should Engage with Mining Companies During COVID-19 More

Join the CONNEX Support Unit on July 7, 2020 at 3:00pm CET.More

On June 8 and 9, the CONNEX Support Unit held its Advisory Committee Meeting virtuallyMore

CONNEX supports Government of Liberia to negotiate an increase in revenue from an iron ore project.More

CONNEX supports the Argentine Province of Catamarca to prepare for negotiating the closure of the largest mine in Argentine history.More

Coronavirus UpdateMore

CONNEX Support Unit Partners with African Union Commission to Organize First Africa Forum on MiningMore

Laura Morales appointed as First Female New Member of the CONNEX Support Unit Advisory CommitteeMore

CONNEX Support Unit Advisory Committee and Governing Board Meet in Brussels on June 12 and 13More

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The CONNEX Support Unit’s advisory services are open to governments of developing countries and economies in transition that are seeking support in negotiating or renegotiating large-scale, complex investment contracts in the extractive sector. Eligibility for the Support Unit’s services is clarified after initial contact has been established.

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Partnerships are crucial for achieving the 2030 Agenda. Sustainable Development Goal 17 therefore seeks to implement, strengthen and revitalize global partnerships for sustainable development. The CONNEX Support Unit offers partnership opportunities and invites stakeholders such as international donors, regional organizations, advisory services and other institutions to collaborate with the initiative.

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CONNEX’s international and regional experts come from a variety of disciplines, including law, finance and economics, which are all necessary for the successful negotiation of complex investment contracts. All CONNEX experts are highly qualified leaders in their respective fields. They have a wealth of experience and solid track records in providing advisory services to governments, especially in contract negotiation. The CONNEX Support Unit commissions them either as individual experts or as part of an advisory team.

STEPS TO CONNEX

Accessing support from CONNEX is simple and straightforward: after clarification of eligibility and approval of an official request from the government concerned, the content and scope of the advisory services are agreed between the CONNEX Support Unit and government representatives. CONNEX experts are then assigned to support the process of negotiating the mining contracts.

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How to Request Support (PDF).

ELIGIBILITY FOR CONNEX

The CONNEX Support Unit’s advisory services are open to governments of developing countries and economies in transition that are seeking support in negotiating or renegotiating large-scale, complex investment contracts in the extractive sector. Advisory services can be requested during all phases of the negotiation process, including pre- and post-negotiation. The CONNEX Support Unit Secretariat assists interested parties to verify their eligibility.

THE FIRST STEP

Government ministries or authorities responsible for the negotiation of large-scale commercial contracts or investment agreements send an informal email to the CONNEX Support Unit. The Unit starts by explaining how CONNEX can generally assist and then discusses more specifically the scope and content of potential support.

SUBMITTING A FORMAL REQUEST

The government submits a formal request via email to CONNEX. It should include background information on the project, the specific advisory services needed and a proposed timeline.

Approval of request

Each request is carefully assessed in various internal due diligence checks. Once these checks are completed successfully, the requesting government receives an official approval letter. The exchange of request and approval letters serves as the official agreement between the government and the CONNEX Support Unit. At this stage, the CONNEX Support Unit and the requesting government discuss in greater detail what kind of expertise is needed and agree on appropriate advisory services.

ADVISORY SUPPORT

Experts, who are highly specialized in the field under discussion, deliver remote and on-site support in a timely manner. Throughout the process, the CONNEX Support Unit ensures that the requesting country’s specific needs provide the primary guidance for recommendations and provision of support.