Mozambican government puts final touches to Mining Law review

28 September 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 28 Sept – The Mozambican government wants to reduce the amount of time between granting a mining concession and the start of activities on the ground, which in some cases takes 15 years, the spokesman for the Mining Resources Ministry said Tuesday in Maputo.

The ministry’s inspector and spokesman, Afonso Mabica, who was speaking at a seminar on the review of the Mining Law (Law 14/2002, of 16 June), noted that investors, in order to be granted a mining license, has to go through a process that can taken between seven and 15 years.

This process consists of issuing a surveying licence, which is valid for two years and is not renewable, followed by a prospecting and research license, valid for a renewable period of five years, which is followed by the phase of economic feasibility studies, after which a mining concession is granted.

Under the terms of the proposed review o the Mining Law, the government calls for the prospecting and research license to be reduced for cases of precious and semi-precious metals and minerals to periods of two non-renewable years.

The proposal also calls for the deadline to obtain an Environmental License and to be granted the Right to Use of Land be reduced from three years to two.

It also proposes that the deadline to launch mining activities be reduced from 24 to 12 months.

Thus mining can begin two years after an environmental license is granted as compared to three years outlined in the current law.

Another big change that the review introduces is related to the Mining Certificate, which will only be issued to Mozambican citizens unlike the current situation where any individual, company, cooperative or family that is resident in the country can hold the certificate. (macauhub)