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The global transformation in the energy sector, particularly in industrialised countries, requires considerable resources of metals such as lithium, cobalt and rare earths. The African continent is already the most important supplier of cobalt and has other strategic raw materials.

The African countries want to benefit from the extraction of these raw materials and, in addition to economic effects, develop high environmental and social standards as well as good governance and promote the establishment of value chains. This will have a positive impact on the development of the economy and society. This calls for a rethink in international cooperation and the development of new forms of raw materials partnerships.