Extractives Virtual Tours – EVITO, is a community empowerment platform of Ummah Initiative Group (UIG), in partnership with Base Titanium Limited, established in the wake of COVID – 19 pandemic to mitigate the challenges and comply with the emerging new normal protocols, and as a strategy to maximize local content opportunities. EVITO offers a perfect one stop platform connecting investors, stake-holders, and communities. As a grassroots community organization, Ummah Initiative Group (UIG) is happy and sincerely grateful for the partnership with Base Titanium, which has made it possible for EVITO to feature the Kwale world class mineral sands mine operation, as the first project on the platform. As the largest mine operation in Kenya, Base Titanium offers invaluable lessons and experiences for other investors, the government, other development stakeholders and the community at large. As an interactive platform, EVITO is creating the most favourable environment that enables effective engagement, and pursuit of diverse development agenda and interests, with the ultimate objective of furthering the growth of the sector itself, and maximizing local content community benefits in the overall. As an Extractives virtual hub, EVITO does not only build direct linkages among existing current and potential future investors, but also creates ample space for participation of other development stakeholders and communities.
WELCOME TO EVITO!
Virtual means beyond boarders and boundaries, beyond physical boundaries as well as COVID – 19 new normal barriers. Even during pre COVID – 19 times, very limited numbers of visitors would be allowed to access mine sites under very strict terms and conditions. This situation has been exacerbated in the wake of COVID – 19 exposure risks. EVITO thus dissolves all the barriers of accessing such industries by offering virtual tours of leading world-class mining companies and other extractives projects in Kenya, Africa and beyond, therefore creating an everlasting window of opportunity for students and development stakeholders to learn, engage constructively and trigger innovation and community value addition. This will not only instil technical extraction knowledge amongst learners using a holistic, integrated, and flexible manner, but also cut down the cost of physical field excursions, therefore, saving on cost.