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Zimbabwe: Mines and Minerals Law to Be Amended

(Apr. 13, 2012) On April 5, 2012, Zimbabwe's Mines and Mining Development Ministry announced plans to finalize an amendment to the country's Mines and Minerals Act. The revised provisions are intended to promote investment as well as sustainable development. Minister Obert Mpofu's statement indicated that the new version of the law will guarantee security of […]

Indonesia: Businesses Object to Ministerial Decree on Export of Natural Resources

(Mar. 7, 2012) On February 9, 2012, Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mining Resources [ESDM] issued a regulation that will ban the export of some raw materials. (Peraturan Menteri ESDM No.07 Tahun2012 Tentang Peningkatan Nilai Tambah Mineral Melalui Kegiatan Pengolahan dan Pemurnian Mineral [Ministerial Regulation of the ESDM, No. 7, 2012, Concerning Adding Value to […]

Uganda: Parliament Considering Petroleum Bill

(Feb. 10, 2012) On February 8, 2012, the Ugandan government tabled the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Bill, 2012, which, if enacted, will give effect to § 244 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995 (Text, Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Washington, D.C. website (last visited Feb. 9, 2012)) and replace […]

Solomon Islands: Government Endorses Mining Revenue Transparency Initiative

(Sept. 13, 2011) The Solomon Islands Minister of Finance and the Treasury, Gordon Darcy Lilo, announced that the government had endorsed the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) at a regional conference held in Dili, Timor-Leste, from August 25-27, 2011. (Solomon Islands Endorses EITI, SOLOMON TIMES ONLINE (Aug. 29, 2011).) The EITI “sets a global standard […]

Guinea: New Law on Mining in the Offing

(Apr. 28, 2011) On April 26, 2011, Reuters reported that the Government of the Republic of Guinea is gearing up to issue a new mining law (hereinafter the draft Code) which, among other things, seeks to substantially increase the government's stake in mining projects in the country, tighten application procedures for mining concessions, give tax […]

Mongolia: Extension of Temporary Suspension of Granting of Mineral Exploration Licenses

(Feb. 17, 2011) It was reported on February 11, 2011, that the Mongolian Parliament has approved legislation on mining, initiated by the country's President, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, extending the term of application of the law on temporary suspension of new mineral exploration licenses for another couple of months, to April 30, 2011. A draft version of […]

Mongolia: Provisions on Ninja Mining

(Dec. 23, 2010) It was reported on December 10, 2010, that Mongolia's Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy has been instructed to implement the government's order to regulate artisanal or “ninja” mining. Ninja mining is wildcat or unauthorized small-scale mining, typically by hand, so called because the miners wear their green plastic pans on their […]

Zimbabwe: Cabinet Action on Ownership of Alluvial Diamond Mines

(Dec. 14, 2010) On December 7, 2010, Zimbabwe's Cabinet announced unanimous agreement that the country should be the owner of all of the alluvial diamond mining businesses within its borders. (Sydney Kawadza, New Rules on Diamonds, THE HERALD ONLINE (Dec. 9, 2010), World News Connection online subscription database, Doc. No. 201012091477.1_8f0a00ed53f6ac4d.) In taking this step, […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the: Mining Banned in Three Provinces

(Sept. 16, 2010) On September 11, 2010, Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), ordered that mining be suspended in three provinces in the eastern part of the country, North Kivu, South Kivu, and Maniema. He had previously suspended mining operations in the Walikale region, in North Kivu. The areas under […]

Zimbabwe: Mine Ownership Proposal

(May 24, 2010) On May 19, 2010, the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe, an umbrella organization of companies involved in the mining industry, proposed a much more moderate rule on local ownership of mines than had previously been adopted by the government. A recent Zimbabwean law on the subject states that foreign mining firms must […]