The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME) expressed this Tuesday, 27 September, its concern over the weak contribution of artisanal mining to the State coffers, due to the persistence of illegality and informality in the sector.
“We are concerned because the contribution of this production to the State coffers is insignificant in Mozambique. Illegality and informality persist in this sector,” said the permanent secretary of MIREME, Teodoro Vales, cited by AIM.
However, to reverse the situation, Vales said that MIREME is developing actions to mitigate the negative impacts of small-scale artisanal mining, including carrying out a census of artisanal miners with the aim of collecting statistics on the activity in the country, as well as mapping the routes of mineral smuggling to stop trafficking.
The fact was shared in Maputo province, during the opening of the Regional Workshop on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (EMAPE) for the Southern African Region, an event that brings together 45 participants from countries in the region and representatives of national geological services.