Kenya Undertakes Major Reforms to Unleash Potential of Mining Sector


By Dennis Gichuiri

The mining sector in Kenya is poised for significant growth following a series of critical reforms and new investments aimed at revitalizing the industry. Speaking at a capacity-building seminar for regional mining officers, Principal Secretary for Mining, Elijah Mwangi, highlighted the strides made in transforming the sector.

“The mining sector in Kenya is unexploited. We have undertaken a number of reforms to inspire the sector,” said Mwangi. He noted that one of the major achievements was the lifting of the moratorium by the cabinet, which had previously restricted new mining licenses. “Over the past four years, the mining sector has attracted new investments,” Mwangi added, emphasizing the renewed interest and potential for economic growth.

A key focus of the seminar, which was officially opened by Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Blue Economy, and Maritime Affairs, Salim Mvurya, was on financial management and implementing critical reforms. Mwangi disclosed that the ministry is currently processing 1,756 applications for licensing both large-scale and small-scale miners. This move is expected to regulate the industry and curb illegal mining activities.

“The licensing will help in curing illegal mining in the country,” Mwangi stated, underscoring the importance of formalizing the sector to ensure sustainable and legal operations.

In a bid to enhance the capabilities of the mining sector, the ministry has invested KSh 600 million in procuring state-of-the-art equipment. These investments include upgrading Madini House to international standards and acquiring testing equipment that will be distributed to every county. “The modern equipment will help in testing minerals,” said Mwangi, highlighting the government’s commitment to improving the infrastructure and technical capacity within the sector.

The seminar served as a platform for regional mining officers to gain insights into the new financial management practices and reforms being implemented. It also reinforced the ministry’s dedication to fostering a well-regulated and vibrant mining industry in Kenya.

With these reforms and investments, Kenya is positioning itself to fully exploit its mineral wealth, driving economic growth and creating job opportunities in the mining sector. The ministry’s proactive approach aims to transform Kenya into a leading player in the global mining industry.

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