Cabinet approves Licenses to 36 Mining, Quarry Firms

The cabinet on Monday, December 14 gave a green light to 36 mining and quarry companies to carry out mining and quarry activities in RMB’s latest efforts to boost the mining sector and position it to drive post-Covid-19 economic recovery.

The licenses also aim to diversify the country's mineral exports, which are dominated by 3Ts.

"There were 36 companies altogether," Francis Gatare, the Chief Executive Officer at Rwanda Mines, Gas and Petroleum Board, told The New Times on Tuesday.

Of those, 17 firms were granted exploration licenses, 13 mining while six companies were licensed to carry out quarrying activities.