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Alluvial miners, stakeholders to meet in Lae

Staff Reporter | 3:20 PM | |
THE second PNG Alluvial Mining Convention and Trade show gets underway in Lae on Tuesday September 29.

The event will be held at the Lae International Hotel.

Presentations at the convention will be wide-ranging.

Topics and presenters include Alluvial Mining under the Revised Mining Act of 2015 by the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management, Gold Export Licence-Bank of PNG, Credit Schemes Supporting the Rural Community-National Development Bank, Mecury and International and National Obligations-MRA Regulatory Operation Division, Alluvial Mining: An International Perspective-Mineral Safety and Health Centre from the University of Queensland.

According to the hosts-Mineral Resources Authority (MRA), the event is expected to bring together all local and international stakeholders-those already involved and those intending together in one venue.

They include alluvial mining communities from all areas of PNG, the regulators (mining, environment and safety), small to medium business promoters, financiers, joint venture interest, gold buyers, smelter companies, exporters, provincial and local level governments, laywers, manufacturers and suppliers.

MRA states that while the inaugural event held in 2014 was a success, this year’s event is expected to be bigger with two days allocated for the convention and an additional two for an optional field trip to the Bulolo and Wau gold fields. "This will give delegates the opportunity to visit the operating and historical alluvial mining sites as well as well as the small scale mining training centre that has been established.