The Geological Surveys Department in the Ministry of Natural Resources Energy and Mining is scheduled to launch the much awaited countrywide high resolution airborne geophysical data slated for August 20, 2015 in the capital Lilongwe.
According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining principal secretary Ben Botolo, the exercise is within a component under the Mining Governance and Growth Support Project (MGGSP) which is co-financed by World Bank and European Union.
“The survey commenced on 23rd September, 2013 with the process of data acquisition using low flying fixed wing aircrafts and by 28th June, 2015 the final geophysical data was submitted to the Ministry,” he says
The Department of Geological Surveys of Malawi partnered with Sander Geophysics Limited of Canada and British Geological Surveys international in the implementation of this important survey.
As purposed, the launch will then attract potential investors in the sector both local and internationally and this is a great step in as far as the mining sector is concerned.
Based on the efforts government is undertaking to increase mining activity in the country, earlier in the week, the minister responsible Bright Msaka emphasized on how the growth in the sector can boost the country’s economy.
Msaka said all stakeholders including the media, civil society organisations must carry out their duties in such a manner that edifies success of the sector.
“There is need for thorough understanding of the mining sector by all before people supporting or disagreeing with projects and efforts government is undertaking to grow the sector,” explained Msaka.
Msaka referred to the mining sector as the wheel of growth in as far as the economy is concerned.
“Our neighbouring countries like Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa and more have grown their economy by embracing mining and yet 90% of our resources remain un tapped,” lamented Msaka.
Government is informing the general public and prospective investors in the mineral sector that the geophysical data can now be accessed from the Geological Surveys Department from 24th August.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :