Department of Mineral Policy and Geo Hazard secretary Shadrach Himata was responding to a question from The National on a provision on the revised legislation where the time span of a mineral exploration licence was said to have been extended.
The question arose from a comment in the media by Minister for Mining Byron Chan that one of the highlights of the changes to the amend legislation (Mining Act 1992) was the extension of time frame of a mineral exploration licence.
Himata said:”These documents are currently going through the Government’s approval process.
“I will only comment once Cabinet approves the amendments to be tabled in Parliament.
“Until then, these are still confidential documents of the State.”
In a media conference last October, Himata said six mining policies plus the revised Mining Act were awaiting Government approval.
They include the Offshore Mining Policy, Involuntary Resettlement Policy, Rehabilitation and Mines Closure Policy, Sustainable Development Policy, Geothermal Policy and the overall Mining Policy.