Mineral exploration conference in Windhoek

07 Nov 2016 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 NOV (NAMPA) – Mines and Energy Deputy Minister, Kornelia Shilunga has called for the development of new research projects that will open new frontiers for exploration, mining and mineral processing in Namibia.
Opening a two-day conference on basement geology and ore genesis in Namibia on Monday, the deputy noted the presence of academics and their important role.
“I am glad to note that a good number of the participants here today are young academics who are already actively involved in serious research projects that are designed to bring new knowledge and ideas to the mineral and mining sector.”
Shilunga said Government, through her ministry, shall continue supporting developments in institutions such as the National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST).
The NCRST was established in 2004 to promote scientific research and foster excellence through knowledge and innovation.
The objective of the conference is to contribute positively to the development and practice of more efficient and less costly methods of locating new mineral deposits and ultimately produce useful end products that will enhance economic development in Namibia.
Topics for discussion at the conference include new insights and challenges facing the exploration and mining sector, especially with respect to the application of new exploration techniques and strategies to locate new mining targets.
The deputy minister noted that people in the exploration and mining industry rarely get together to share information related to current developments and challenges facing them.
She said this is mainly because of the proprietary nature of information that is regarded as highly confidential.
About 50 mining and mineral academics are participating in the conference that ends on Tuesday.