Alphamin's Bisie mining project in North Kivu, DRC has received official endorsement with the establishment of a North Kivu government support committee.

Alphamin Resources Corp’s subsidiary, Alphamin Bisie Mining, is developing its Bisie tin project in the North Kivu province and plans to begin full production in 2019.

The company said that North Kivu governor Julien Paluku Kahongya signed a legal order in Goma on 20 December 2016 to create a committee to “accompany “Alphamin Bisie Mining in implementing its mine at Bisie.

The committee is composed of high-level technical and specialised services experts who will assist in guiding Alphamin Bisie Mining during the three years of construction and initial operations. A branch of the committee will be established in Walikale Territory to engage with local authorities.

Confirming the province’s strong commitment to promoting private investment and public-private partnership in North Kivu, governor Julien Paluku said: “The provincial government is committed to providing a favourable environment for private investment in a win-win partnership.

“We affirmed this in two economic forums of the province held in 2010 and 2015. North Kivu indeed has enormous economic potential to exploit for the benefit of its population. We must support Alphamin, so that other investors in the mining, agriculture, energy and tourism sectors are reassured to follow its example and invest responsibly.”

Alphamin CEO Boris Kamstra commented: “North Kivu has many assets and remarkably industrious people from which past events have diverted investors’ attention. This is a very encouraging sign and helps us in our role as ambassadors for North Kivu.

“It conveys the support of government, nationally, provincially and locally, which will assist Alphamin with the development of our Bisie tin project.”

Richard Robinson, MD of Alphamin Bisie Mining, echoed these sentiments: “As the Bisie tin project moves forward with road and preliminary construction activities, including the ventilation tunnel, we are seeing increasing support from local and national stakeholders.

“This reinforces the progress Alphamin made in 2016 with the signing of a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding with the Walikale community, followed by concrete social development projects, such as the construction of the new Luuka Primary School and the formal founding and registration of the Lowa Alliance, as well as partnerships with North Kivu and the national road agency in rehabilitating the Masisi Walikale road.”