Australia funds mining sector development in Mozambique

23 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 May – The Australian government has donated 1 million Australian dollars (32 million meticals) to Mozambique to fund projects to design and improve facilities in the mining sector in Tete province, the Australian prime minister’s special envoy to Mozambique said Thursday in Maputo.

At the end of a meeting with Mining Resources Minister, Esperança Bias, as part of a visit to meet with the Mozambican authorities, special envoy Neil Mules also said that the funding, which is for a two-year period, was for projects involving public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Cited by daily newspaper Notícias, Mules also said that eight Mining Resources ministry staff members were due to travel to Australia in the next few days to take short courses on revenue management, hygiene and safety at work, regulation of the mining industry, and geo-spatial information systems.

According to Mules, a total of 14 Australian companies are currently involved in 26 mining projects underway in Mozambique, particularly in Tete province, including BHP – Billiton, Rio Tinto, Riversdale Mining, Talbot Recursos and Baobab Resources.

Via the World Bank, Australia has also provided 500,000 Australian dollars to fund a venture to assess the mining sector ahead of a large-scale institutional training programme. (macauhub)