The issue of new licenses for research and exploration of mineral resources in Angola has been suspended until the National Geology Plan (Planegeo) is complete, said Thursday in Luanda the Angolan Minister of Geology and Mining.
Minister Francisco Queiroz said the decision followed the approval of a draft presidential decree to regulate unused licenses and will make it possible to ascertain which licenses are being used and which are not.
Queiroz said that over the years a total of 1,836 mining licenses had been issued, “most of which with no activity,” a “situation that is worrying the government as the licenses are spread all over the country.”
“What was done was to find solutions through a legal, administrative and financial regulatory measure,” he said, cited by Angolan news agency Angop.
From now on, the minister added, the previously issued licenses will be divided into two segments, the first of which will include those that have yet to expire but whose holders have not started working.
The second segment will include licenses that have expired, and the measure to be applied in this case will be an immediate withdrawal of the authorisation and a ban on starting any work. (macauhub/AO)