The three include Sustainable Mining Development, Involuntary resettlement and Geothermal out of a list of six key policies under the proposed changes to the Mining Act 1992.
This follows a consultative meeting held recently between minister Chan, Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe Zurenouc and State Working Group comprised of senior officials from the Department of Mineral Policy & Geohazards Management (DMPGM) and Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) in consultation with Industry Working Group – PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.
The World Bank sponsored mining review looks at reviewing key areas of the long overdue 1992 Mining Act following wide regional consultations in 2013 by the DMPGM which includes:
Mining Act regulations
Mining (safety) Act regulations
Sustainable mining development policy
Involuntary resettlement policy
Mine closure policy
Geothermal & off-shore mining policy
Minister Chan urged the State and the Industry Working Group currently reviewing the 1992 Mining Act to commit themselves so that the Draft Mining Act can be concluded on time.
“This is so that the government knows where we are in terms of mining policy review and the way forward,” Chan said.
Both working groups said work on the draft mining policy had considerable progress despite minor hiccups with three policies including Mining Development, Involuntary resettlement and Geothermal have being completed for the minister to present in Parliament.
They said the other three policies including Off-shore Mining, Mining (safety) Act regulations and Mine Closure policy will be concluded in March next year together with the overall Mining Act regulations.
Chan however, thanked the State and the industry team and said he will present these policies to Parliament prior to the mining conference in Sydney next month to give direction on the government’s mining policies.
Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe has been tasked to provide a full-time facilitator to facilitate work on the remaining three policies and the Mining Act regulations to be done on time and with considerable outcome.