Malawi’s mining sector has no regulatory laws and policies

 

Cameron said in the absence of a supportive legal framework the country is unlikely to succeed in its endeavors to promote mining.

“While we have learnt with satisfaction that Malawi is endowed with minerals that could turn the economic fortune of the country, the mining sector may not help much if there are no laws and policies that support such activities” added Professor Cameron.

Minister of Mining John Bande said the coming in of these experts is a big boost to Malawi which has been struggling to come up with such laws and policies as it lacks skilled labor in the area of mining.

“We do not have mineral engineers neither do we have mining lawyers in the country nor this makes our job difficult. We have engaged the University of Malawi and Mzuzu University to consider introducing specialized courses in this sector,” said Bande.

The Minister further pointed out that in the absence of skilled labour in the country in these areas government would continue engaging foreign experts in the interim to help build capacity for locals.

Bande further said the mining law under formulation should be ready by the end of this year.
Mining has been identified as one priority area in the Joyce Banda administration that would help spur economic growth.

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