We need your expertise: Shilunga

08 Jul 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) – The Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Kornelia Shilunga has urged experts in the mining industry to use their expertise to guide government in making decisions and safeguarding Namibia’s minerals to the best interest of its people.
Shilunga was speaking at the sixth African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA) ordinary experts meeting here on Monday.
“You are the technical organ and backbone of this association and we rely on your technical expertise and know-how to guide us in making informed decisions in safeguarding our minerals to the best interest of people. We therefore have to find the appropriate modalities to leverage the potential we have,” she said.
She further emphasised that the African mining vision is advocating for mineral beneficiation to contribute towards industrialisation in order to benefit local economies
She said ADPA is well-positioned and creates a consultative platform, which diamond-producing countries can capitalise on to make a difference in economies that are heavily dependent on diamond resources but where the diamond industry has not yet met its developmental potential.
The deputy minister urged those at the meeting to make use of the platform to come up with proposals, recommendations and strategies geared towards common initiatives to ensure that benefits accrued from the precious minerals sustain the current and future generations
ADPA was established in 2006 with the core objective to improve diamond mining in African countries by fostering cooperation and technical assistance among member states, as well as coordinating members to strengthen their legislations.
ADPA was also formed to review member states’ internal control systems and understand the marketing value of their precious resources.