LOOP | November 4, 2016
The third annual PNG Alluvial Mining Convention & Trade Show started yesterday at the National Sports Institute in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.
The two-days (Nov 3-4) convention is an initiative of the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA).
The theme of this year’s convention is “Mechanising the alluvial industry” and aims to set a platform for stakeholders to exchange information, discuss issues and share ideas on how mechanised alluvial mining can result in maximum benefits for miners.
“Mechanising” refers to the use of machines such as excavators in alluvial mining.
Managing Director of MRA, Philip Samar in his opening remarks said MRA was committed to ensuring that the growth of the sector was supported and promoted.
He said the convention was an opportunity for all stakeholders to discuss how the sector could be mechanised.
Stakeholders include the alluvial mining communities from all areas of PNG, the MRA, small and medium business promoters, financiers, joint venture interests, gold buyers, smelter companies and exporters, Provincial and Local Level Governments, lawyers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
Over 200 participants have registered for the convention, representing most alluvial areas of PNG.