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Liberia opens mining cadastre office to improve transparency

The mining cadastre office in Monrovia, Liberia, officially opened on the 28th of April this year, is expected to enhance transparency, boost investor confidence, and increase mining revenue. It was constructed with joint funding from the ministry of lands, mines & energy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It hosts Liberia’s mining cadastre information management system (MCIMS).

The automated system makes license granting and management processes more efficient and transparent by streamlining licensing processes, avoids ownership conflicts by clarifying boundaries, and increases mining revenue by tracking payments and enabling effective monitoring of exploration and mining contracts.

Up until the dedication of the facility, the processing of mineral sector licenses has been manual, time-consuming and inefficient. “With no means of proving whether or not the officials are following the laid down procedure of first come, first served for processing license applications, it was difficult to detect and eliminate corrupt practices,” president Johnson Sirleaf stressed, noting that in large measure, the computerised mining cadastre provides an answer to this challenge.

She noted also that before the dedication of the mining cadastre office, the ascertainment of license areas held by different license holders was problematic because overlaps were not easily detectable. This, Johnson Sirleaf said was a major source of conflicts among license holders. The new facility will eliminate the incidence of overlapping grants of licenses.

The Liberian president indicated that her government has taken important steps through the introduction of a mineral policy centred on the goal of mining for development and the creation of an open and competitive legal framework for the minerals sector.