Within the framework of its formalization and governance project funded by AOC International (Europe) B.V. and MMD-Monitors & Displays Nederland B.V. (Philips Monitors), Pact has recently developed a booklet to explain and disseminate key legal aspects of the Congolese Mining Code and Regulation. With this new booklet, Pact provides a detailed overview of key articles that are relevant for artisanal and small-scale mining communities. This booklet aims to make sure that ASM miners know their rights and responsibilities.
Written for artisanal miners, the booklet was developed in cooperation with officials, state services and civil society from North Kivu Province with support from the North Kivu Minister of Mines. It covers all areas of ASM, from the conditions, requirements and limitations to work as an ASM miner or local trader, known locally as negociants, to mine minerals at mine sites and trading for export. The booklet also covers key risks such as mineral fraud and child labor while also promoting the role of women in ASM.
First launched in North Kivu’s capital, Goma, at the beginning of October, the project was later introduced to local stakeholders in the trading hub of Rubaya, in Masisi territory of North Kivu Province. The French-language booklets were distributed to all project participants. Posters were developed in local languages and displayed in various local offices and will be displayed at mine sites. In the coming months, Pact’s project team will continue organizing awareness-raising meetings with local mining communities in Masisi territory on the mining code and regulation.
A second component of the project focuses on improving occupational health and safety (OHS) at tin, tantalum and tungsten (the ‘3T’) mine sites, another key challenge that ASM miners face in their daily work and a key responsibility of miners under Congolese regulations. In partnership with a local mining cooperative, Pact has identified three mine sites where OHS training and interventions will be carried out. A training curriculum was developed and OHS committees were set up and trained at each site.
These committees, trained by Pact, will meet regularly and carry out joint visits to the sites to raise awareness of ASM miners on health and safety issues, identify all OHS risks at the site, develop mitigation measures and conduct ongoing monitoring. Committees include representatives from the cooperative, the Service for Assistance and Supervision of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining organization (SAEMAPE), the Mine Division, mining title holder, landowner, ITSCI officer and the mining police.
“This project is fundamental for ASM miners. Every accident or injury that is avoided at a mine site will prevent miners from losing working time, prevent financial loss and avoid social distress. The project also enhances the accountability of all mining stakeholders toward ensuring a safe working environment for all,” said Mickaël Daudin, deputy director of mining at Pact.
The training activities conducted so far have received strong support from local stakeholders. “The training allowed us to recognise our weaknesses about how activities are conducted at the mine. I ask all committee members to take on these challenges and start raising the awareness of miners about OHS,” said Johnny Mashagiro, SAEMAPE supervisor at a selected site and member of an OHS committee.
This project was designed in a way that it is sustainable, through a ‘train-the-trainer’ approach, so that mining stakeholders become the future trainers of their own peers. Simultaneously, the project can be easily scaled-up by expanding it to new mine sites and areas in the DRC and addressing other issues faced by ASM miners on the ground. “We are already hearing requests from other cooperatives who want to benefit from such capacity development. This is extremely positive. This project also offers an opportunity to widen the scope of our intervention to include environmental aspects and to look at the life after the mine. There is still much more to be done in that regard and we hope for more engagement from the downstream sector,” said Daudin.
“We are pleased to see that the collaboration we started with Pact is really contributing to the awareness-raising on the DRC Mining Code and Regulation. The mining booklet, with drawings to safeguard due diligence, is well appreciated by the miners and governmental agencies. The ‘train-the-trainer’ approach and training of OHS committees is essential to ensure long-lasting and sustainable results of project interventions,” said Stefan van Sabben, senior manager, CSR and Sustainability at AOC-MMD.
A chat with Stefan Sommer, Director Marketing & Business Management EU at MMD Monitors Displays & AOC International B.V.
Question: How did Covid-19 impact the monitor industry?
Answer: Covid has affected sales in the Monitor Industry as well as in the entire IT market due to the fact that people started to work from home, and they needed proper equipment. This stimulated the demand of the products that are able to support remote working, which was the main trend of 2021. A second trend was entertainment, as people spent time at home and bought equipment to entertain like Gaming Monitors. People were looking for the best solutions to satisfy both needs, work and gaming. Home office monitors including features like webcams, docking monitors, conference calls support and Gaming monitors performed well in terms of sales due to the pandemic. These sales increase, as you can imagine, as well as the demands.
Looking closely at Europe, all Countries performed very well, someone registered a decrease at the beginning of pandemic, but these are the top three we have seen:
Question: How do you foresee the next months for the monitor market?
Answer: Following these months, we continue to see a positive trend in the monitor market. Despite that people spent more money in entertainment like going out or travelling, we still see a stable and strong monitors market when talking about B2B. In fact, B2B channels, that have been silent as offices are closed and projects put on hold, are increasing activities. Offices need to be equipped to adapt to the changing of the way of work. Flex working time would replace fix working time as the new norm. Offices now require a new set up, and this stimulates demand for B2B, so we expect a sales shift from B2C to B2B – but market should stay solid.
Question: Do you think this will create new trends in the choice of monitors and their features?
Answer: Yes, we see new technology trends taking place and catching-up people interest like high-resolutions, USB-C and gaming.
High-resolution is crucial for working in graphics but also with datasheets and when using a monitor for private life for entertainment, it’s one feature that is acquiring more and more importance. Then we have USB-C, which helps a lot, especially with the new way of working, as it is a one-cable solution that keeps the working area neat and tidy. Last but not least, there is gaming, which is in front of everybody’s eyes how it is growing.
I would add another feature that is not among the most discussed, but it is becoming fundamental for every user, which is privacy. People who follow us know we take this very seriously, we launched monitors with the pop-up webcam and then the privacy mode, so that people close to you can’t see what is displayed on the screen. Privacy mode is common in laptops, so we brought the same user experience in the monitors.
We are here, with our partners to accommodate and anticipate people’s demands, hoping to have soon the opportunity to meet all during a trade show to see closely the latest products and IT trends.
Amsterdam, November 11, 2021 – Philips Monitors today announced that it has been named a CES® 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree for its Philips Momentum 559M1RYV, the 55” Designed for Xbox Gaming Display. This year’s CES Innovation Awards program received a record high number of over 1800 submissions. The announcement was made ahead of CES 2022, the world’s most influential technology event, happening Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas, NV and digitally.
The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in 27 consumer technology product categories. Those with the highest rating receive the “Best of Innovation” distinction. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic and design.
The Philips Momentum Designed for Xbox console gaming monitor (559M1RYV) is designed to provide the ultimate experience for Xbox fans, setting a new standard in gaming monitors for next-gen consoles. The inclusion of the new HDMI 2.1 spec now enables next-gen console gaming with 4K resolution, faster 120Hz refresh rates, HDR support with DisplayHDR 1000, and Always Low Latency for ultra-clear and ultra-smooth gaming performance on a 55” (139.7 cm) panel. The Philips Momentum 559M1RYV includes a specially designed soundbar from the engineers at Bowers & Wilkins, a British loudspeaker company globally recognized for its innovative designs and sound engineering, which completes the immersive gaming experience.
“We’re very proud and grateful to be named a CES® Innovation Awards Honoree in the Gaming product category,” commented Stefan Sommer, Director of Marketing & Business Management Europe in MMD. “The Philips Momentum 559M1RYV demonstrates our leadership in providing console gamers with the smoothest and most immersive gameplay possible on next-gen consoles.”
The CES 2022 Innovation Awards honorees, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at CES.tech/innovation. More will be revealed in January. Many honorees will showcase their winning products in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES 2022.
Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2022, the global stage for innovation, will convene the tech industry in person and digitally, giving global audiences access to major brands and startups, as well as the world’s most-influential leaders and industry advocates. Visit CES.tech for all CES 2022 updates, including health protocols and registration.