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Government advances on mining deals

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The Ministry of Mining has concluded its negotiations with Globe Metals and Mining for the Kanyika Niobium Mining project in Mzimba District.

The Ministry of Justice is now vetting the Mining Development Agreement between the two parties according to Ministry of Mining spokesperson Andrew Mkonda Banda.

In a response to a questionnaire, Banda said the ministry is also making headways on negotiations with Mkango Resources Limited and Lotus Resources Limited over the Songwe Hills Rare Earth Project in Phalombe District and Kayelekera Uranium Mining Project in Karonga District.

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“You may wish to note that there are a few fiscal and non-fiscal issues, needless to state here, that are remaining to be resolved in both MDAs. Once we resolve them, the MDAs will be ready for approval and signing,” he said.

He said the mining firms are expected to commence mining activities between 2023 and 2025.

According to Banda, the government ensures that the terms and conditions in the MDAs benefit both the companies and the country.

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“Admittedly, this has not been easy to come by considering that each party always seeks to get the best out of the MDA,” he said.

He said the MDA negotiations started while some critical feasibility studies by the companies were not yet completed and they have taken long to be finalized.

During one of his national addresses last year, President Lazarus Chakwera announced plans to reform the mining sector to help boost the economy.

He indicated that Malawi has issued over 250 mining licenses, over the years, but has no proper mining industry or returns to speak of.

The country has minerals such as uranium, gold, bauxite, coal and phosphates among others.

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