KorneliaShilunga urges experts in the mining industry to use their expertise to guide government in making decisions

The Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, KorneliaShilunga 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 yesterday.

She said the experts are the technical organ and backbone of the association and were relied upon for their technical expertise and know-how to guide the government in making informed decisions in safeguarding the country's minerals in the best interest of the people.

She further emphasised that the African mining vision is advocating for mineral beneficiation to contribute towards industrialisation in order to benefit local economies.

Shilunga 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.

Source: Namibia Press Agency