Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) unveiled new strategies in the mining sector to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
RMB is government of Rwanda body in charge of fast-tracking the realization of the national vision for the mining, petroleum and gas sector.
Rwanda, one of the biggest producers of 3Ts worldwide, targets to become a mineral hub focusing on processing and trading. The east African country established its first ever gold refinery last year, tin smelter and soon tantalum smelter. The gold refinery has capacity to process gold from around the continent, boosting efforts to ensure that Africa adds value to its minerals before exporting them.
A set of strategies unveiled on Tuesday, June 9, will impact exports and economic growth. The strategies will help companies to resume full operations, allowing the sector to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We want to facilitate companies in mining and quarry to resume 100 per cent operations in the next two years by professionalizing the sector and mobilizing new investments” said Francis Gatare, the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board.
Last week, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) announced the guidelines to contain the spread of Covid-19 amongst employees in the mining sector and any other person they may contact.
The guidelines outline adequate tunnel ventilation, de-densification, screening and testing mechanisms, require miners put in place tracing program, allow workers to work in shifts and provide relevant PPE among others.
The guidelines were developed following consultations with stakeholders and in line with existing covid-19 measures as set by the government of Rwanda.
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