Government is committed to reforming the legal framework to solve the current challenges with the mining sectors. This was revealed by the state minister for energy and mineral resources Sarah Opendi, at the annual citizens convention in mining in Kampala.
Opendi is optimistic that once the mining bill 2018 that is tabled before cabinet is passed, challenges under the sector will be resolved.
“The subsector’s contribution to the national economy stands currently at just 1.4% despite its potential. It is for this reason that we now have the mining and mineral bill 2020 and I want to inform you that very soon we shall be tabling it before cabinet.
We are only waiting for a certificatee of financial implication from the ministry of finance and we will be good to go.”
The democratic governance facility Director, Nicole hails the convention saying it brings government and citizens together for accountability.
“Concepts to this convention are key to harness good governance and thought sharing for all Ugandans in the mining sector. These platforms can significantly contribute to improving the standards of accountability, poverty, transparency and democratic practice among government officials, community members and the private sector.”