Mineral Policies to Foster "Transformational Development”

The Vice President, Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, on Thursday 9 May 2019, officially launched three mineral sector policies on artisanal mining, geo-data management and on minerals. According to the Mines Minister, Morie Manyeh, the policies are focused on comprehensive drivers within the sector that foster economic growth and sustainable transformational development. Manyeh stated that the objective of the policies is to enhance inter-governmental and multi-stakeholder coordination to ensure transparent, accountable, inclusive and effective governance of the minerals sector. Manyeh noted the policies seek also to establish a viable geo-science database and data management system create a fair and predictable fiscal regime that increase market competitiveness, attract legitimate investment and enhances sustained economic transformation, development and economic growth. He continued that the three policies are directed towards improving revenue management with more equitable distribution of benefits and prudent investment of mineral revenues, promoting economic linkages between the minerals sector and other sectors of the economy that will catalyze economic diversification, growth, support rural development.

Promoting sustainable minerals development with regards protection of human rights, meeting international health safety standards, application of high-level environmental standards and enhancing regional cooperation and collaboration for the management and governance of the minerals sector, Manyeh added, are other objectives of the policies. Daniel Gbondo, policy analyst, Ministry of Mines, stated that improved governance and management regime, the review of the National Minerals Act on the major reforms in the three policies, harmonization of regulations, policies and laws, institutional effectiveness, transparency, accountability, exploration and license allocation,, revenue generation, revenue management, mitigating effects are some of the major reforms in the three policies. Gbondo further pointed out that the artisanal mining policy is geared towards effectively harnessing the potential financial, livelihood and other gains of the artisanal mining in Sierra Leone.

The goal of the artisanal mining policy, he added, is to set out a clear framework that will guide the actions leading to the improvement of the artisanal mining sector governance and management and to promote alternative livelihood skills for miners, improve sustainable artisanal mining practice, enhance environmental protection, community and occupational health safety safeguards, ensure that miners get a fair deal and strengthen linkages between artisanal mining and other sectors of the economy. Gbondo furthered on the geo-data policy as a critical basis from which minerals, oil and gas shall be explore and developed. The primary geo-data management policy objectives are focus on strengthen geo-data legislative framework and management, building Sierra Leonean geo-data capacity and awareness and ensuring improved geo-data acquisition and analysis.

The Sierra Leone Minerals Policy

National Minerals Agency (NMA)

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    Artisanal Mining Policy

    National Minerals Agency (NMA)

      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...

      Geodata Management Policy

      National Minerals Agency (NMA)

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