Govt Urged Not To Rush Mining Laws

Post Courier | July 25, 2017

The Mineral Resources Authority’s (MRA) challenge going forward, is for it to reposition itself to effectively regulate the sector through the amendments to the laws that are before parliament. These include the Mining Act and the Mineral Resources Act. This is from MRA’s outgoing board chairman Robin Moaina.

Mr Moiana has been replaced by Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s deputy chief executive officer Musje Werror after 10 years at the helm of this regulatory entity.

Mr Moaina said both acts were before parliament.

He said the MRA board was never informed nor consulted on the whole process of how the Government went about amending the MRA Act in particular, and which remained a concern to him.

He had appealed to the incoming government not to rush into passing both amended acts; instead, to re-engage on the fundamentals of these proposed legislations.

He said this is to ensure the growth and investment of the exploration and mining sector in PNG.

The outgoing chairman said he was proud of MRA’s achievements over the past decade, and he was confident the authority would continue to support the government through its role.

“The organisation has grown from strength to strength and developed very robust and competent systems to service stakeholders of the exploration and mining sector including the government,” he said.

In congratulating his successor, Mr Moaina said he was confident Mr Werror would continue to provide the leadership needed by the board and management.

Mr Werror, who was elected during a recent board meeting, had assured of his commitment to engage with all stakeholders including industry, government and the landowners.

“MRA regulates the mining sector, which is an international business. It therefore has to continue to improve its regulatory services to meet that international expectation but do so within the laws of PNG,” Mr Werror said.

“I am confident MRA has the board and management expertise to effectively regulate the sector and to promote its growth to sustain the economic prosperity of the country.

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