Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has embarked on a campaign to register all artisanal and small scale miners an initiative aimed at reorganizing the mining sector.
According to Robert Kasande, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, after carrying out a successful benchmarking trip to Tanzania, they discovered that it is important to register and organize Artisanal miners in large groups.
He said this during the 8th Mineral Wealth Conference ongoing at the Kampala Serena Hotel.
“We want to support our local miners especially when it comes to good practices in the mining industry. Currently, as the ministry, we are challenged by the lack of updated data on the current players in the mining industry especially Artisanal miners,” said Kasande.
Kasande said where they have registered miners like in Mubende district, the miners have been supported in the areas of safe mining processes which has reduced incidences of environmental pollution and accidents.
On the issue of creating a conducive environment in the Mining Industry, Kasande told participants that the government is the process of developing a conducive legal framework that will support the mining industry.
Among the key innovations that government has come up with is the issue introduction of the new e-system where all investors will be applying for mining license online.
Meanwhile, Frank Mugyenyi from the African Union advised Uganda to borrow a leaf from other countries to attract investors who can add value to the country’s mineral sector.
BY SAMUEL NABWIISO