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Washington, D.C.GreenMet, a leading investment and advisory firm focused on critical mineral supply chains, hosted a riveting policy discussion last week featuring Kevin D’Souza, a 30-year veteran of the mining industry and an independent responsible mining specialist.

The briefing provided an in-depth overview of the global realities of artisanal and small-scale mining practices and the implications for securing a resilient critical mineral supply chain to meet U.S. needs and priorities. D’Souza drew upon his extensive international experience to shed light on the challenges and opportunities within the sector.

“We don’t have to reinvent the wheel — the key principles for addressing issues have been well-documented, but putting them into practice requires sustained engagement and commitment among all parties,” D’Souza said.

The event also explored potential solutions, with D’Souza emphasizing the importance of engaging artisanal miners, understanding financial flows and supply chains, and fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration between governments, companies, civil society, and communities.

Nicole Rodgers, GreenMet’s chief government and external affairs officer, expressed gratitude for D’Souza’s insights.

“Kevin’s firsthand perspective underscores why open dialogue on these complex topics is so vital,” Rodgers said.” GreenMet is proud to facilitate these critical conversations as we work to advance responsible sourcing of materials for our energy and national security needs.”

The briefing and networking event attracted industry leaders and key policy staffers from the House and Senate seeking to better understand and tackle the multifaceted challenges surrounding artisanal mining’s role in mineral supply chains.

“Events like these are crucial for raising awareness and catalyzing action on responsible mining practices,” Rodgers said. “GreenMet remains committed to leading the charge in convening diverse stakeholders to drive meaningful change in securing sustainable and responsible mineral supply chains for the future.”

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