Four regional consultation workshops, under the auspices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, are underway in Lofa Bridge, Gbarpolu County, Ganta, Nimba County, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and Zwedru in Grand Gedeh up to February 2016.
Mr Joseph Matadly, Director of Communication and Public Relations at the Internal Affairs Ministry, said the consultations constitute part of a broader ongoing initiative to develop a Regulatory Roadmap, aimed at formulating Liberia’s Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining sector.
Speaking in an Interview with Reporters at the ministry Thursday, November 26, Mr. Matadly indicated that the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining sector formulation is an integral component of the legal and Regulatory framework reform being provided by the MLME, through support from the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, in Partnership with the Government of Australia.
According to him, the project seeks to work with the MLME in the process of accruing greater development benefits from the extractive sector in Liberia.
Mr. Matadly noted that in addition to the MLME, officials of the Gender, Finance and Development Planning and Labor Ministries, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and Forestry Development Authority, invited stakeholders, including Miners, Mining Communities , Mining Agent/Monitors Mining inspectors , local government officials, as well as a host of independent facilitators will be in attendance.
The consultations are intended to establish a foundation for a win-win tripartite system of Miners, host Communities and Government of Liberia. Findings from the regional consultation workshops will help develop an Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Roadmap strategy, which will serve as the first step in the longer –term process of establishing Liberia Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining sector policies.
By Bridgett Milton-Edited by George Barpeen