Update: On Friday 10 April 2015, a cabinet reshuffle was announced. Atupele Muluzi MP has been moved from the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining to a ministerial position with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security. The new Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining is Bright Msaka SC. This means the programme of the below mentioned Draft Mines and Minerals Bill Consultative Workshop will change to reflect the reshuffle. Read more here.
The Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining is in the final stages of reviewing the draft Mines and Minerals Bill. Next week, all stakeholders are invited to a national consultative workshop to give their final comments. The workshop will be held on the 14 and 15 April at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.
In the press release below, the Ministry confirms that it places great importance on the participation of all stakeholders in this review. Stakeholders include mining companies, government departments and agencies, high commissioners, development partners, commercial banks, traditional leaders, civil society organisations, religious leaders and the academia.
The draft Bill currently under scrutiny was produced by the consultant Professor James Otto through the Mining Governance and Growth Support Project. Consultations were held last year. The review is necessary as the current bill dates back to 1981.
For further information on the workshop, please contact the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer on +265992967481 or firstname.lastname@example.org