Posted on: Thursday, 3 April 2008
Zambia to resume receiving new applications for mining rights
LUSAKA, April 2 (Xinhua) — Zambia is to resume receiving new applications for mining rights from next month after 10- months suspension, The Post reported Wednesday.
Mines Minister Kalombo Mwansa was quoted as saying in a statement that all the technical work required to open the new cadastre system had been completed.
To this effect, the government had re-organized, codified and digitalized cadastral data and all the required logistics had been put in place in readiness for opening to the pubic, he said.
He said the system had been tested and had satisfied the government objective to have a more transparent, efficient administration and management of mining rights licensing process.
“The processing of license applications, renewals and transfers will now be done in a timely manner, further the system is designed to avoid overlaps of mining rights areas,” he said.
He said for the members of the public to familiarize themselves with the new cadastre system before receipt and processing of new applications for mining rights resume on May 2, 2008, the ministry had introduced open days for the general public.
He said open days would run from Aril 1 to 30, 2008.
The minister said efforts would be made for the mining cadastre regulations to be aligned with the new mines and minerals development act.
Zambia announced in June last year a halt effective from July 1, 2007 of new applications for mining rights in order to computerize its licensing system.
announcing the suspension, Mwansa said the suspension is part of Zambia’s efforts to weed out irregularities and simplify licensing procedures regarding the industry with massive inflows of foreign capitals.
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Source: Xinhua News Agency – CEIS