In a bid to identify location and the quantity of new mineral deposits in the country, Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu has said there is need to generate maps and data for sustainability of mineral resources.
The Newly appointed Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kazungu, was speaking during the tour to Kwale Mineral Sands mines, part of the Base Titanium mines in Kwale County, where he visited the Port loading facility located at Likoni. The facility is established specifically for exporting titanium products.
The CS said that exhaustive geological survey will not only help to establish objective geological expertise and information on Kenya’s varied resources but also help to bring to light the exact mechanism for mining the resources.
“As a country we could be sitting on rich troves of minerals thus we need to have a comprehensive, relevant and accessible information base to enhance the sustainability of mineral resources,’’ said the CS.
The CS called on other mining firms to help in mapping and coming up with data that could be used by government agencies and other mining companies to protect mineral resources in different parts of the country.
Additionally, he encouraged mining companies to add value to their products before it is exported.
Although Kenya is not identified as a rich country in terms of mineral deposits, recent discoveries of oil and gas in parts of the nation, only show that there is need for more mapping and research to be able to identify unexploited resources. The new discoveries could increase country’s revenue from the mining industry.
He said, the new Mining Bill, which is yet to be presented in the National Assembly, will replace the 1940 Mining Act and introduce a new way which will shape country’s mining regulations and procedures to further grow the industry and restore investor confidence.
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