Malawi government says it has embarked on a drive to increase the capacity of the booming mining sector in the country.
Mines Minister John Bande said they target to have 55 local technical mining experts in 7 years time.
“Already we have sent 3 officers from Ministry of Finance to Dundee University in Scotland to study Master of Science in Mineral Taxation and preparations for other officers from Geological Survey department, Mines department to undertake various studies are underway,” said Bande.
He said discussions are at an advanced stage between the University of Malawi and his ministry to roll out a course in mining and mineral processing.
“My ministry in conjunction with the University of Malawi’s Polytechnic is developing an engineering curriculum for mining and mineral processing to ensure that we provide technical skills for the mining sector locally,” said Bande.
For the past 5 years discoveries of valuable minerals continue to be made in Malawi, however the country lacks experience and expertise in a sector which has been highly underutilised since independence from
the British in 1964.