The government is to resume the issuance of new mining licenses as the new mining and Minerals Act takes effect.
The issuance of the licenses by the Directorate of Geological Surveys and Mines had been temporally halted pending the guidelines after the enactment of the Mining and Mineral Act 2022.
The State Minister for Minerals, Peter Lokeris says that with the guidelines in place, the Directorate of Geological Surveys and Mines which under the law is the regulator of the mineral sector can proceed with the issuance of new licenses across the country.
Lokeris was speaking at the opening of a four-day minerals workshop in Kampala.
The workshop was mainly aimed at sensitizing players in the mining sector about the new mining laws and regulations.
According to the minister, the new law has for the first time recognized artisan miners. Hon. Lokaris speaking…
The new law established classes of mineral rights which include small-sale and artisanal mining licenses. END.