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Norway pulls out of Barrick Gold

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  1. BAK

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    Norway pulls out of Barrick Gold

    2009-02-06 11:30:29
    By Joyce Kisaka​

    The Norwegian government has withdrawn its shares from Barrick Gold due to the giant mining company`s contribution to serious environmental damage.

    The announcement was made last Friday by Norway`s Ministry of Finance, following recommendations from the country`s Council on Ethics whose assessment showed that ``investing in the company entails an unacceptable risk of the Fund contributing to serious environmental damage.``

    ``Pursuant to the Ethical Guidelines, the Government Pension Fund – Global should not invest in companies that cause severe environmental damages.

    In its assessment, the Council on Ethics concluded that Barrick Gold Corporation is causing severe environmental damages as a direct result of its operations.


    I have therefore decided to follow the Council on Ethics` recommendation on exclusion of Barrick Gold Corporation from the investment universe of the Fund,`` says Norway`s Minister of Finance Kristin Halvorsen in the statement.

    The Norwegian Council on Ethics` full report mentions conflicts involving Barrick in Chile, Tanzania and the Philippines however, the panel acknowledged that, ``due to limited resources,``it restricted its investigation of Barrick to the Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea.

    The Porgera mine has been a prime target for criticism for its use of riverine tailings disposal, a practice banned in almost every country in the world.

    Barrick Gold – Tanzania`s Public Relations and Communication Manager, Teweli Teweli told The Guardian yesterday that it is true that Norway`s Pension Fund has sold off its shares, although he said this was done last year.

    He claimed that the move has no impact on Barrick because buying and selling of shares is a normal process.

    However, he acknowledged that there are environmental problems at their Porgera mine.

    Teweli said the problems were inherited when they bought the plant in 2006.

    He added that Barrick is in a continuous process of reversing this situation.

    He said both at New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges, they do not expect any serious fall.

    However, he said: ``The mine in question follows a government approved Environmental Management and Monitoring Programme and we continue to operate in full compliance with legal and other requirements.``

    He added: ``I also note that they did not have sufficient resources to fully review our environmental performance.``

    The Commissioner of Mining in Tanzania, Peter Kafumu, said he has no knowledge of this development.

    However, the minister for minerals may be aware of it, he said while talking to The Guardian yesterday, adding that since the minister was in a meeting since morning, he could not be reached for confirmation.

    ``Barrick Gold is a Canadian mining company and the largest producer of gold in the world, with 27 mines in operation.

    The Norway`s Council points out that Barrick Gold`s mining activities in several countries have been accused of causing extensive environmental damage.

    The Council provides an extensive review of the environmental problems linked to depositing waste in the river.

    The Council attaches particular importance to the risk of accumulation and build up of heavy metals, especially mercury, in the environment.

    Pollution from the Porgera mine will potentially have serious negative consequences for human life and health,`` Norway`s Ministry of Finance`s statement reads.


    It adds: ``In the Council`s view, the company`s assertions that its operations do not cause long-term and irreversible environmental damage carry little credibility. This is reinforced by the lack of openness and transparency in the company`s environmental reporting.

    Considering the intentions presented by the company with regard to production expansion, the Council finds reason to believe that the company`s unacceptable practice will continue in the future.``

    In a letter dated September 30, 2008, the Ministry of Finance asked Norges Bank to sell its shares in the company, which have now all been sold.

    At the end of July 2008, the Government Pension Fund – Global owned shares worth just under NOK 1 248 million in the company.

    The decision to sell was made public after the shares were sold, so as not to affect the sale.

    Gold mining produces an average of 79 tonnes of waste for every ounce of gold extracted, 50 percent of it is carried out on native lands, and about 80 percent of it is used for jewelry, according to the ``No Dirty Gold`` campaign, a project of Oxfam and Earthworks.

    It is no wonder that in a portfolio with plenty of human rights abuses, the Norwegian Pension Fund decided to concentrate on gold miners, cluster munitions manufacturers and nuclear weapon producers first. It is time that the rest of the world catches up.

    SOURCE: Guardian
     
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    Ngeleja: Nitachunguza kujitoa Norway Barrick
    Exuper Kachenje
    Mwananchi​

    SERIKALI itazifanyia kazi taarifa kuwa serikali ya Norway imeondoa hisa zake katika umiliki Kampuni ya Barrick inayomiliki migodi ya madini nchini kubaini iwapo hatua hiyo itaathiri uwekezaji wa kampuni hiyo.

    Akizungumza na Mwananchi Jumapili, Waziri wa Nishati na Madini, William Ngeleja alisema "Hilo ni jipya kwangu, ni habari mpya umeniambia, nashukuru nipe muda nitachuguza."

    Ngeleja alitoa kauli hiyo alipotakiwa na Mwananchi Jumapili kueleza iwapo hatua hiyo itaathiri uwekezaji wa kampuni hiyo ya Barrick ambayo imewekeza katika sekta ya madini iliyo chini ya Wizara ya Nishati na Madini anayoiongoza.


    Kwa mujibu wa taarifa ya timu ya utafiti ya serikali ya Norway ambayo Mwananchi Jumapili ina nakala yake Kampuni ya Barrick Gold Corporation ya Canada yenye inayomiliki na kuendesha migodi nchi zaidi ya 26 duniani ikiwamo Tanzania imehusishwa kwa kiasi kikubwa na uharibifu wa mazingira katika nchi mablimbali hivyo kuhatarisha fedha za serikali ya nchi hiyo.

    Kwa mujibu wa taarifa hiyo Norway ina Hisa zinazofikia thamani ya NOK 1,274 fedha za nchi hiyo zilizochangwa kupitia mfuko wa Pensheni wa Serikali ya Norway.

    Taarifa hiyo ya serikali ya Norway imesema kamati ya Maadili ya mfuko huo wa penseni wa serikali iliamua kufanya utafiti huo kubaini iwapo Barrick itahatarisha fedha zake baada ya kubainika imehusika na tuhuma mbalimbali za uharibifu wa mazingira katika nchi tofauti.

    "Kamati ya Maadili ya Mfuko wa Pensheni wa serikali uliamua kuchunguza iwapo uwekezaji katika kampuni ya Placer Dome, ambayo sasa inafahamika kama

    Barrick Gold Corporation, kuona iwapo itahatarisha fedha zetu kwa kuchangia uharibifu wa mazingira:

    Barrick Gold ni kampuni ya Canada ambayo katika nchi nyingi imehusishwa na uharibifu mkubwa wa mazingira,"ilisema sehemu ya taarifa hiyo ya kamati ya maadili kwenda kwa serikali ya Noryway.

    Kwa mujibu wa utafiti huo, kampuni hiyo imebainika kuhusika uharibifu wa mazingira maeneo Mgodi wa Porgera nchini Papua New Guinea kutokana na shughuli za uchimbaji madini, ikiwemo uchafuzi wa maji kwa mabaki ya kemikali za mekyuri na hali ya hewa hali ambayo inatishia madhara dhidi ya viumbe kwa muda mrefu hasa watoto.

    Hata hivyo, mgodi huo kampuni hiyo iliuza mgodi huo mwaka 1997 baada ya kushtakiwa kwa kusababisha uharibifu huo na kesi hiyo bado ipo katika mahakama mfumo wa mahakama za Marekani.

    Kuhusu Mgodi Bunlyanhulu kamati hiyo imesema kuwa Shirika la Misaada la Kanisa la nchi hiyo (NCA) lilifanya utafiti katika mgodi huo mwaka 1999 kuhusu hali ya haki za binadamu na kubaini ukiukwaji mkubwa wa haki hizo unaohusina na shughuli za madini.

    "Kamati pia inatambua kazi ya utafiti iliyofanywa na Shirika la misaada la Kanisa la Norway (NCA) kuhusu uvunjwaji wa haki za binadamu unaohusiana na shughuli za madini huko Bulyanhulu, Tanzania," ilisema.


    Aidha taarifa hiyo ilibainisha kuwa na taarifa kutoka mamlaka za Tanzania zikiihusisha kampuni ya Barrick na ukwepaji wa kodi kati ya mwaka 1999 hadi mwaka 2003 ambazo hata hivyo zilipingwa na kampuni hiyo.

    Kuhusu suala hilo Waziri Ngeleja alisema anayepaswa kuulizwa ni Kamishna Mkuu wa Mamlaka ya Mapato Tanzania (TRA) Harry Kitillya ambaye hata hivyo hadi tunakwenda mitamboni hakupatikana.

    Akizungumzia hatua ya serikali ya Norwey kujitoa Barrick Afisa Uhusiano wa Barrick Tanzania Teweli Teweli alisema kampuni yake haitatetereka kwa nchi hiyo kujitoa kwa kuwa ilichoondoa ni sehemu ndogo ya hisa za kampuni hiyo.
     
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    Sasa ngeleja anataka kuchunguza kwa serikari ya norway?Ili na tanzania ijiotoe?
    Wakati haina hata share kwenye mgodi wowote tanzania...share waliuza kwa kisingizio cha kuwa hawafanyi biashara.....I dont get the point...
    Wangekuwa na Share ningesema wana point hapo.
     
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    Hapa mheshimiwa alitaka kuongea tu, lakini hakuna hatua yoyote itakayofanywa ili kupambana na uharibifu mkubwa unaofanywa wa mazingira ambao pia unatishia maisha ya Watanzania. Naam, katika mkataba ule wangeweza kabisa kutaka Tanzania ipewe shares iwe ni mmoja wa mashareholders wa Barrick, lakini viongozi hasa wale waliohusika na kusaini mikataba mibovu ya uchimabji wa dhahabu inaelekea walikumbuka kuweka majina yao tu kama shareholders wa Barrick na kuwasahau wenye mali yao, Watanzania.
     
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    Yaani nikisia nchi za wenzetu wana share kwenye company kama hizi tena hata kama hazichimbi kwao....nachefuka kabisa...sisi machimbo yapo kwetu.
    Bado hata kuwa na share kiduchu hatuna...ndio maana wanaweza kufanya watakalo.Hatuweza hata kuwaambia kitu kuwa msifanye hiki kwa kuwa sisi nikupokea tu...bila kufanya kazi...twaida mrahaba kwa wilaya zizungukazo migodi....
     
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