The legal framework governing Uganda’s Mining and minerals activities has undergone a series of changes since 2018. First the Mineral Policy 2001 was revised in 2018 to incorporate emerging issues in the sector as well as application of the digital era into the work operating systemby introducing a digitized licensing system (Mining Cadastre). These changes introduced the new Mining and Mineral Policy 2018 intended to incorporate the previously excluded substances, competitive application for brown and green fields, government participation in mining and also promote the use of technology in regulation of mining and mineral rights for transparency, efficiency and effectiveness. And this led to the new Mining and Minerals Act 2022 and Mining and Minerals Regulations 2022 which actualizes the above mentioned Act
It is from that background that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development through Mines Department organized an interactive workshop with stakeholders to digest the new emerging issues in the legal framework. The event took place from 29th August to 1st September 2023 under the theme: “Enhancing stakeholders knowledge and practical actualization of the Mining legal framework for compliance and Development” at Fairway Hotel. Virtual attendance was also considered.
The Workshop was officially opened by Hon. Peter Lokeris, Minister of State for Minerals.
Key Highlights raised during the conferences included:
- The workshop addressed the 11 point gaps brought by technology, artisanals, Health and Safety and economic transformation.
- Mines should be developed in accordance to the approved Mining plans. And all license holders should endeavor to keep the right records.
- ICGLR-RCM implementation in Uganda. A move aimed at fighting illegal mineral trading for the designated inerals (Tin, Tungsten, Tantalum and Gold).
The Workshop was closed by Ms. Agnes Alaba, Commissioner/ Mines Department. The event was sponsored by PlanetGold, GIZ and ICGLR.