Fortune News | Aug 31,2019
August 3 , 2019
Starting in October, companies investing in the mining industry will register online to obtain and renew exploration and extraction licenses.
To facilitate the online registration system, the Ministry of Mines & Petroleum has launched a landfolio mining cadastre system that enables stakeholders in the mining sector to communicate and interface directly with the Ministry and the regional mining bureaus.
Canadian International Resources & Development Institute, an independent centre of expertise in natural resource development that opened an office in Ethiopia in 2016, covered the 40 million Br expense for the project.
A 12-member team composed of the Ministry and regional mining bureaus as well as Trimble, a South African company founded in 1978, have developed the system over the past seven months.
In customising the system, the team studied to Kenya and Zambia experiences, according to Fitsum Assefa, project officer at Supporting the Ministry of Mines Ethiopia, under the Institute.
The system is also designed to operate during power and internet outages, since the servers of the Ministry are connected the Ministry of Innovation & Technology's cloud.
It will replace the existing manual system of the Ministry, according to Assefa Kumsa, state minister for Mines & Petroleum, which issued 24 mining licenses in the just-ended fiscal year out of the requested 60, a record high. Nineteen licenses were for exploration, while the remaining five were for extraction. The companies will invest a total of 4.9 billion Br and create 1,200 jobs when they become fully operational.
"We've been receiving complaints from customers on our service," said Assefa.
Previously, the Ministry tried to develop an in-house system, FlexiCadastre, which was supplied by Trimble. But customers could not use it, since it was designed to be used by the staff of the Ministry only. The Ministry gave two rounds of training to its employees and representatives from the regional mining offices on how to use the old system.
"We'll also be giving them additional training," said Sisay Ayalew, director of mineral licensing and administration at the Ministry.
In the country, a total of 480 businesses secured licenses to engage in the mining sector, whose contribution to export revenue has been declining for the past several years. Six years ago, the export of mineral products generated 650 million dollars. However, it dropped to 49 million dollars in the just-ended fiscal year.
Currently, the mining sector provides livelihoods for 177,000 people who are engaged in artisanal mining and 2,000 people employed formally by mining companies.
To rescue the ever declining revenues from the sector, the Ministry formed a National Steering Committee two weeks ago. The 12-member committee is composed of represenatives from the Ethiopian Geological Survey; Mining, Oil & Biofuel Corporation; and the Ministry of Mines & Petroleum, tasked with assessing the problems of the sector and suggesting law and policy reforms in the industry.
Mulugeta Alene (PhD), an associate professor at Addis Abeba University’s School of Earth Science for more than two decades, believes that the landfolio mining cadastre system will bring clarity and avoid bureaucracy in the sector.
"Besides helping the country to get more foreign direct investment in the mining sector," said Mulugeta, "it will help the country to utilise its resources properly to increase income gained from mining."
PUBLISHED ON Aug 03,2019 [ VOL 20 , NO 1005]
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