Mozambique government plans to boost mining sector inspection

9 November 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 Nov – The government of Mozambique intends to strengthen supervision of the mining industry to reduce possible environmental damage, Natural Resources Minister Esperança Bias told the Noticias newspaper.

The Maputo government has an ambitions plan to train staff overseas to respond to the needs for more efficient management of the environment, said Bias, with a number of coal mining and other mineral projects presently under development in the country.

“This year 10 students have got grants for Malaysia. We also have 10 Mozambicans studying in Brazil and from January we’ll begin training staff involved in supervision and oversight. We have to ensure that firms produce with respect for environmental regulations. Fortunately, we have legislation that responds to most challenges arising in relation to climate changes.”

Bias, speaking on the sidelines of meeting of firms with coal mining permits intended to ready Mozambique for the upcoming International Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, said the Maputo authorities have send a number of technicians to various regions to monitor the situation.

With a favorable business climate and modern start-up legislation Mozambique has seen the number of mineral license applications rise from 247 in 2004 to 821 in 2008.

However, Noticias reported that some mining ventures still breach environment protection legislation. (macauhub)