Frank Mugyenyi is a development economist with vast experience and specialization in economics for African development. He joined the AUC Department of Trade and Industry in 2013 as a Senior Industry Adviser. In this capacity, Mr. Mugyenyi is spearheading the implementation of the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) as a framework to optimize exploitation of Africa’s abundant resources to underpin a broad based social and economic structural transformation of African economies. The AMV calls on African countries to add value to the mineral resources in Africa and to take advantage of backward and forward linkages. It is acknowledged that the transformative role of the minerals sector would contribute to inclusive growth and sustainable development and can create jobs and that economic returns would be higher if the minerals are processed on the continent.
Prior to that he worked as an Industry Expert and Senior Economist for a number of organizations including the United Nations, The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and other private organizations. Mr. Mugyenyi has also held high level positions in various institutions both in the United Kingdom and Africa, mainly in trade and industrial policy, value chain analysis and strategy development, private sector development.
Mr. Mugyenyi has worked with and advised African Ministers responsible for Industry and Mineral Resource Development and is a Member of the Board of Governors and the Governing Council for ministerial policy for the African Minerals and Geoscience Centre.
Mr. Mugyenyi has also been instrumental in the strengthening of the sub-regional private sector institutions and apex bodies including the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa – COMESA Business Council, the COMESA leather and Leather Products Institute, as well as the establishment of the Network of African Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and the African Women in Mining Association.
He is currently engaged in establishing a concrete collaboration between the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and the Africa Union Commission with a view to raising awareness about the increasing investment opportunities in Africa in the mining sector, infrastructure and energy.