Mining Minister Holds Goodbye Ceremony

by PNG Business News - May 02, 2022

Photo credit: Post Courier

Mineral Resources Authority and Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazard Management held a goodbye ceremony for Mining Minister Johnson Tuke.

While the Minister for Mining, Johnson Tuke, prepares for the National General Elections in the coming days, the departments reporting directly to him said farewell to their Minister, who has served the sector for two mandates.

In his introductory comments, DMPGM Executive Manager Geological Survey Division Nathan Mosusu praised Mr Tuke for his advice throughout the last two legislative sessions and wished him luck in the elections.

He claims that this has given people and resource owners a stronger voice, allowing them to gain more from resource development.

“We stand proud of your leadership and the achievements you have made,” he told Minister Tuke.

DMPGM Secretary Harry Kore stated that the department had accomplished several things, one of which is the development of several policies, two of which the Minister assures are successful.

One is the geothermal resources policy, and the other is the small scale alluvial mining policy, according to Mr Kore.

When the Minister first arrived, he was adamant that we pass these measures.

All alluvial mining and exports are restricted to Papua New Guinea according to the small scale mining regulation. He explained, "It's a reserved business."

Mineral Resources Authority board chairman Benny Kimisive said there were quite a few things that needed fixing, and with the Minister’s leadership, they have delivered.

 

Reference: Post-Courier (22 April 2022). “Mining Minister Farewelled”. 



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