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PM: Change In The Mining And Quarying Legislation

  Government will be revising the policy and institutional framework for mining and quarrying to update antiquated legislation. Speaking at the Tuvata Gold Mine lease handover yesterday at Tuvatu, Sabeto,
28 Jan 2016 20:23
PM: Change In The Mining And Quarying Legislation
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Lion One Limited chairman/ founder Walter Berukoff and managing director Stephen Mann at Tuvatu Gold Mine in Sabeto, Nadi, yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

 

Government will be revising the policy and institutional framework for mining and quarrying to update antiquated legislation.

Speaking at the Tuvata Gold Mine lease handover yesterday at Tuvatu, Sabeto, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said they were doing this so that responsible mining and mineral exploration companies would work with Government.

“We want a company that will love and care for the natural beauty of our country and preserve our clean environment,” he said.

“We want a company that offers employment at all levels to Fijians and transfers technical and business know how.

“And we want a company that will be a part of the local community, a company that will support the efforts of the people in this area to build some genuine economic prosperity.”

He said there were some people in Fiji who opposed offering mining leases, and he shared many of their concerns, particularly their fears of ecological damage in places like Namosi.

However, he also believed they could and should use their natural resources for the benefit of Fijians.

“I do not believe we need to sacrifice our environment, or sovereignty or our national pride to do so.”

Lion One he said began mineral exploration at Tuvatu during a period when many mineral prices, including gold, were low. It was a period of contraction in the mining industry, but Lion One Metals went ahead.

He said he appreciated their willingness to take this risk.

We care about environment: Berukoff

Chairman and Founder of Lion One Limited Walter Berukoff said that the Fijian people would benefit in a long way from the development at Sabeto.

“Mining is going to benefit the people of Fiji for a long time in the future for employment, training taxes and other opportunity,” he said.

He said they take the environment seriously and have taken in two environment scientists in the team.

“I am proud to say that I am an environmentalist. Our company and group have won awards in all the country we have operated in. We are happy to be working with Government and the Fijian people who care for the land as much as we do.

“We take pride in training our own people. We have a team that comes here and work with us and are very professional as we move to production and two years now as Srephen Mann (managing director).”

Lion One Limited has been in operational in Fiji for nine years.

Edited by Maraia Vula

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