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Ministry of Mines and Energy focuses on accelerating mineral discoveries

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The Ministry of Mines and Energy has vowed to continue conducting due diligence on the applications for new exclusive prospecting licenses (EPLs) and the mining work programme.

Minister Tom Alweendo says this process would ensure that actual exploration takes place and avoid delays in the discovery of minerals.

Currently, the Minerals Act requires EPL holders to possess proven knowledge and money to be able to carry out exploration.

EPL holders are further required to submit a detailed three-year work programme with their applications.