Mining Act Review To Start In Goroka
The first phase of the Mining (Safety) Act 1977 review will take place next week Monday in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province. Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management secretary Harry Kore announced this in a circular yesterday.
Mr Kore said the national government through the Ministry of Mining recognises the contribution of the mining industry under the current mining regime and also realises that there is room for improvement to be on par with international best mining practices if PNG is to maximise its fair share of benefits through a robust mining regulatory framework.
He said a proper analysis of the existing mineral policy and the mining legislations is a priority in order to ensure sustainability of this industry consistent with the national government’s development goals and priorities.
As part of its institutional strengthening exercise, the Mining (Safety) Act 1977 and Regulations will be reviewed by the Ministry of Mining through the Department of Mineral Policy & Geohazards Management as the lead with the Mineral Resources Authority to align with international best practice and standards to address new developments and challenges in terms of health and safety in mining projects including the alluvial mining sector.
As a result the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management and MRA will conduct the first phase of regional consultations for the Highlands and Mamose regions. Mr Kore said the consultation will begin in Goroka on Monday September 23.
The Mining Ministry therefore invites stakeholders from the mine host provinces, landowners, government departments/agencies, mining companies, exploration companies, quarry operators and the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Business Council of PNG, professional organisations with interest in mining industry, suppliers, and members of civil society or individuals to attend this consultative forum and air their views, concerns and comments on the health and safety aspects of mining in PNG.
The issues and views expressed will be evaluated and incorporated into the final drafting of the new Mining (Health & Safety) Act and it will be presented to the National Executive Council for its endorsement for tabling in the National Parliament.
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