Monday, April 20, 2009

National Small Scale Mining Training Centre to be opened in Wau

The Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) and the European Union (EU) will officially open the National Small Scale Mining Training Center (NSSMTC) in Wau, Morobe province on May 7, 2009.

The establishment of the NSSMTC is an important initiative of the MRA/EU, to train and equip small scale miners nationwide with skills and knowledge on all aspects of small scale mining.

These include laws governing artisanal mining, simple mining and processing techniques, health and safety issues, and business and investment advice.

The opening of the facility is an important event to support the small scale mining industry and rural communities that rely on this multi-million Kina sector.

There are over 60, 000 small scale miners throughout Papua New Guinea who collectively generate more than K250 million annually.

 This money goes directly into the pockets of small scale miners.

Undoubtedly, this facility will contribute towards wealth generation amongst our small scale miners which will improve their livelihoods.

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