India to help Mozambique to map its mining resources

1 April 2011

New Delhi, India, 1 April – India has pledged to help Mozambique to map its mining resources in order to provide better information about existing reserves and make it possible for mining to be carried out on a scientific basis, Mozambican news agency AIM reported.

According to the agency, the commitment was made during the 7th India-Africa Economic Partnership Meeting, held in New Delhi, at which the two countries also discussed mechanisms to boost two-way relation in the area of geology and mining.

Experts from the two countries noted the need to improve knowledge and training with a view to collect samples of coal and subsequently analysing them in a laboratory.

The meeting also called for creation of a working group for geology and mining resources that would identify, discuss, finalise, implement and assess cooperation programmes between the two countries in the mining sector.

The governments of the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the area of geology and mining resources during a visit to India by Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza, in Spetmeber, 2010.

For years Mozambique has attracted businesspeople interested in the potential of mining resources, notably coal, heavy sands, and precious and semi-precious stones, amongst others.

In the middle of last year an important delegation of Chinese businesspeople visited Mozambique to find out about its mining potential, as well as to explore investment facilities in this area. The delegation also pledged to fund work to inventory and locate the resources. (macauhub)