Hon. Francis Gatare giving trophy to Ngororero district.

Rwanda joined the world on Tuesday 4 December to celebrate ‘International Mining Day’. This year’s theme in Rwanda is “Transforming Rwanda’s Mining Sector through Professional Practices That Promote Compliance in Health, Safety and Environmental Standards”.

This celebration was, among others, an opportunity to recognize mining companies that have raised the bar for the mining sector. The 'Rwanda Mining Excellence awards’ were given to the highest-achieving companies that have made outstanding efforts in seven categories namely: environmental protection, health and safety, best comptoir, modern mining and processing, corporate social responsibility professional exploration and the district that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to fight illegal mining.

The ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AWARD was presented to Ameki Color Ltd. Ameki was awarded for its initiative to recycle water used in processing minerals. It is also known to have good management of tailing through storage of wastes.

The HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARD went to SEMIRWA Ltd. This company has safe working tunnel which is well accessible and timbered. In a very difficult structure SEMIRWA managed to construct well secured tunnels.

The MODERN MINING AND PROCESSING EQUIPMENT AWARD was given to PIRAN Rwanda Resources Ltd. Piran was awarded for having good processing plant and advanced mining equipment.

The BEST COMPTOIR AWARD was granted to Boss Mining. This company has good mineral exports of various kinds and it has closely worked with mining companies through support either financially or in mineral valuation and it owns mines.

The CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD went to GMDC ltd. It has participated several times in community activities and initiatives. It has built an advanced school of 12 classrooms in Mageragere sector, Nyarugenge district, City of Kigali.

The PROFESSIONAL EXPLORATION AWARD went to MAWARID Ltd. The company did detailed professional exploration and it was able to identify the proven and unproven mineral reserves in its own concessions. Through this it was able to have a conclusive mining design of open cast design.

The award of the district that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to fight illegal mining went to Ngororero district .The district established a task force to fight illegal mining activities and the task force has played a significant role.

Commenting on Rwanda Mining Excellence awards, the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board Hon. Francis Gatare said that it is an opportunity to acknowledge, congratulate and celebrate efforts made by all companies that have tried raised the bar for the mining sector. He added that “We were given a mandate to carry out transformational change in the mining sector. And this change required a regulatory framework review. We can achieve this together if we strive for a progressive change by putting in place mining standards

Currently, Rwanda mineral exports include gold, gemstones, cassiterite, coltan, and wolfram. But there are ongoing explorations for new types of minerals with good prospects.

Mining is the second largest foreign exchange earner in the country.

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