Directorate of Mines has urged communities and other interested groups to go and register cooperatives and associations with the Ministry of Trade in order for them to be issued with mining licences.
Speaking at he was opening an international conference on artisanal and small scale mining (ASM) in Lilongwe, Director of Mining Jack Salima said d the government is determined to promote mining industry and embrace it as a business and that is why it is working had to organise and put proper mechanism to ensure that mining becomes main cash earner.
The workshop was organised to equip staff from geological survey department, department of mines, cadastra, environmental affairs authority, Ministry of Industry and Trade, as well as small scale miners and universities.
It had 16 representatives from national geographical survey of Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Kenya, Sudan, Congo, DRC and Cameroon.
The overarching objective was to train participants to be trainers of ASM and in the southern African region.
“What we are asking Malawians is to form cooperatives and associations so that they can be given mining licences simple,” Salima said.
Malawi was admitted as an extractive industry transparency initiative (EITI) candidate in October 2015.
Recently, Police in Lilongwe closed an illegal mine at Lumwila Village in Nathenje and Chiwamba in T/A Chimutu for establishing themselves illegal mines.