CONNEX has worked predominantly in mining. However, CONNEX has branched out to mining-led infrastructure in West Africa. Each of these has a real impact in the following:
- Mining and critical minerals – as the world moves from a hydrocarbon-based economy to a materials-based economy, CONNEX helps facilitate global access to these minerals – lithium, graphite, copper and rare earth metals – for the energy transition. CONNEX has advised on projects in the following minerals: Gold/copper, lithium, rare earth, graphite, antimony, molybdenum, mineral sands and iron ore.
- Infrastructure – CONNEX is beginning to work in the area of infrastructure, e.g. providing expertise to the Government of Liberia on a development of shared infrastructure in the mining sector. In the future, we may be in a position to consider negotiation support in renewable energy.
- Renewable Energy – seeing the immense opportunity for governments as well as the need for negotiation support, CONNEX has expanded its portfolio to include the renewable energy sector. Initial projects include Green Hydrogen in Mauritania as well as a geothermal project in the Caribbean.
Our network’s expertise ranges from legal support and financial modelling to technical/engineering, environmental and even community development aspects. Since its beginning, CONNEX has facilitated over 2,500 days of expertise to support partner countries in getting better deals.
The G7 CONNEX Initiative supports governments of emerging economies in the negotiation of large-scale investment contracts with international investors, principally in the extractives sector.