Spatial Dimension is pleased to announce that the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) of Papua New Guinea has gone live with the first phase of their ambitious Mineral Tenement Management Project. The project is funded through the World Bank’s Second Mining Sector Institutional Strengthening Technical Assistance Project.
The first phase of the project included the implementation of a Mineral Tenement Management System based on the FlexiCadastre framework, the launch of an online web-map providing view only tenement data to the public, as well as the integration of MRA’s Library Management System into the Mineral Tenement Management System. Phase One was concluded at the External Stakeholders Workshop, held on the 28th May 2014, which was attended by government, industry and civil society representatives.
At the workshop the Minister for Mining, the Hon Byron Chan, noted that “by embarking on this new system, the government is signalling to investors and people of Papua New Guinea that it is serious about making sure investors are comfortable and secure considering that they spend millions of Kina on exploration expenditure”.
Acting Managing Director of the MRA, Philip Samar, remarked that “FlexiCadastre brings significant improvements to the many administrative processes required under the Mining Act and its updates. It enables better, reliable and timely presentation of mining related information. This functionality will ensure a more convenient process for the granting, renewal and compliance monitoring of tenure within the MRA and elevate PNG into the top tier of destinations for mineral explorers.”
The next phase of the project will focus on implementing an Online Transactional Mining Cadastre Portal (OTMCP) that will provide license holders real-time access to their tenement information, allow the payment of fees and the uploading of work reports. Subject to amendments to be introduced in the revised Mining Act of 2014, the OTMCP will then be enhanced to allow for online applications, renewals and other business processes.
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with MRA on this ambitious and important project. The implementation of FlexiCadastre and the OTMCP will greatly improve the transparency in the mining sector and thereby assist in promoting PNG as a mining destination of choice,” said Charles Young, Spatial Dimension Team Leader for the PNG project.
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