The overall production of mineral resources in Mozambique in the first half of this year rose by 34 per cent, when compared with the January-June 2012 period, according to the Minister of Mineral Resources, Esperanca Bias.
Speaking on 6 September at the closing session of a meeting of her ministry's Coordinating Council, held in the town of Manhica, Bias said this increase had been achieved despite the unfavourable circumstances caused by flooding in the first two months of the year.
She expected that the mineral resource sector would contribute 2.9 per cent to the country's gross domestic product this year.
Bias also announced that her Ministry would continue to draw up an inventory of mineral reserves throughout the country. This will be one of the tasks of the recently created Mining and Geology Institute. The Institute was set up to strengthen the capacity to analyse, process and interpret geological and mining data and to certify mineral products.
Bias also pledged support for small scale mining. "To empower our communities, to create foci of rural development and to strengthen the local economy, we should continue to improve and modernize all the instruments that small scale and artisanal mining", she said. Particularly important were the training of artisanal miners in good mining practices and encouraging them to form associations.