The Zambezi Protocol: Result of a Dialogue on Natural Resource Policy in Africa

An event hosted by the Brenthurst Foundation, and held on the banks of the Zambezi River, Zambia, 22–24 April 2016.

"Mining and oil is not a sunset industry in Africa. To the contrary, the sector holds great future promise,
where Africa enjoys a considerable comparative advantage vested both in its store of mineral wealth
and its human capital. This advantage can be realised only with the right sets of policies which aim to
encourage long-term, generational investment: legislative certainty, the provision of reliable services
including water and power, a stable and attractive tax regime, a predictable and transparent legal
system, policy cohesion, a reliance on administrative regulation rather than political discretion, and
honest and competent officials. Overall, a new narrative of the value of the industry to Africa is necessary
however, one defined not by conspiracy and mistrust but instead by shared dialogue, dependency
and endeavour, and underpinned by a clear belief that government needs investors and vice versa. The
Zambezi Protocol offers a path for government, business and other partners to chart a fresh, positive
future for mining in Africa."

Olusegun Obasanjo, former president of Nigeria

About the Authors:

HE Olusegun Obasanjo, Chairman: The Brenthurst Foundation and former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Dr Greg Mills, Director: The Brenthurst Foundation

Major General Dickie Davis (rtd), Associate: The Brenthurst Foundation. 

They were assisted by Ms Dianna Games, CEO: Africa at Work; and Professor Lyal White,
Director: Centre for Dynamic Markets, Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Published in May 2016 by The Brenthurst Foundation

E Oppenheimer & Son (Pty) Ltd
PO Box 61631, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
Tel +27–(0)11 274–2096 · Fax +27–(0)11 274–2097

All rights reserved. The material in this publication may not be reproduced, stored, or transmitted without the prior permission of the publisher. Short extracts may be quoted, provided the source is fully acknowledged.


© The Brenthurst Foundation 2020.