5 December 2012

Rwanda: Miners Mark International Mining Day in Kigali

Under the theme 'Exploring the national mineral potential for better planning for development,' the meeting was also meant to discuss ways of improving the future of the industry.

Dr Micheal Biryabarema, the director general of Rwanda Natural Resources Authority, said that with research on the industry, all stakeholders will be in position to make better investment plans.

"We shall promote research on the mining sector, so that the investors can know what minerals are available. This will help them know where to invest," Biryabarema said.

He added that it is the role of the state to carry out the research and a budget for research has been put aside.

There are over 140 registered companies in the country today operating about 400 mines. Last year, the country earned about $164.7 million from mineral exports. They include cassiterite, coltan, wolfram and gold. In addition to this, the country has other precious stones such as amphibilite, granites and quartzite, volcanic rocks, clay, sand and gravel.

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