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Lands, Mines complies with Kimberley process

By Joseph Sayon
Mines and Energy Minister, Patrick Sandolo
Mines and Energy Minister, Patrick Sandolo

(lbsonline/Liberia) –The Lands, Mines and Energy Ministry has begun a comprehensive initiative to ensuring full compliance with the on-going Kimberley process.

The Kimberley process was put into place by the Liberian Government and its international partners to prevent illicit mining in Liberia and diamond smuggling from the country.

Lands, Mines and Energy Minister, Patrick Sandolo, attributed diamond smuggling to increase in mining activities, especially artisanal mining across the country.

Minister Sandolo pledged to strengthen the Inspectorate Division of the Ministry.

He said: “The Ministry will, however, introduce a new approach in making the process more effective, aimed at curtailing diamond smuggling and minimizing illicit mining, among others”.

The Lands, Mines and Energy Minister spoke during a week-long assessment tour of various mining sites in Grand Cape Mount and Grand Gedeh Counties.

“My visit to the two counties has given a clear picture to enable me begin addressing some challenges confronting compliance with the Kimberley process”. “I will push for close collaboration among counties in the Mano River Basin to create a monitoring regime, aimed at preventing the smuggling of diamonds in the region”, Minister Sandolo said. 


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