Mozambican government planning to ban exports of unprocessed gold

18 October 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 18 Oct – The Mozambican government plans to prohibit the export of unprocessed gold as soon as the country’s existing processing centre is fully operational, the vice-minister for natural resources announced on Thursday in Beira.

The centre began operating last April in the central province of Manica. Radio Mozambique reported that it has an installed capacity to process about 30 kilos of gold per day, which has not been attained to date.

Abdul Razak Noormahomed made his comments on the sidelines of a seminar on application of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) held in Beira.

Mozambique is expected to join the EITI next May. This multilateral initiative was launched in 2002 by governments, companies and civil society organisations, among others, with the aim of consolidating transparency rules in the management of exhaustible extractive resources such as oil, gas and various minerals.

Razak, who also chairs the EITI Coordination Committee, said on the occasion that illegal mining is still on one of the biggest problems facing the Mozambican authorities.

He nevertheless asserted that various measures were being taken to rein in such activity, such as tighter controls and institutional involvement by the police, tax authorities and local and municipal governments. (macauhub)