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The National Minerals Agency is a government institution established by an act of parliament in 2012. The NMA is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Mines and Minerals Act (2009) and other mining acts and related regulations. This includes responsibility for mineral rights management, collecting and disseminating geological information and regulating the trading of precious minerals.

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Artisanal Mining Policy

The discovery of diamonds in the Kono district in the 1930s announced Sierra Leone as a mineral rich country but artisanal gold mining commenced much earlier. The Artisanal Mining Policy for Sierra Leone has been prepared as part of a series of reforms introduced by the Government to ensure that Sierra Leone maximizes gains from the exploration and exploitation of its mineral resources. These reforms include: the establishment of the National Minerals Agency (NMA), the adoption of the Mines and Minerals Act 2009, and clarification of mineral agreement requirements, improved environmental protection, direct financing of mining community development projects and many more.

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