Mining Training for Provincial Mining Inspectors in Balkh Province

Today, a four-week standard mining training ended in Mazar-e Sharif. Thirteen mining inspectors from six provincial mining departments of Baghlan, Balkh, Faryab, Jawzjan, Samangan and Sar-e Pol attended the programme. The trainers, who are experts from Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), had previously taken part in Training of Trainers (ToT) programmes which was also funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation in the years of 2015 and 2016.

Mr Khaledin Qarizada, the Mining Inspector of Samangan Mining Department, commented, ‘This was one of the most interesting training sessions I have ever attended. This type of high-level training will help us carry out the mining inspection processes according to world best practice.’

The training covered topics ranging from open pit and underground mining processes to health and safety, mining law, environmental aspects, survey techniques and the role of gender in the mining sector. The training was also complemented by field practice and exercises on mine sites in Balkh. The mining inspectors are now able to conduct field inspections of mining operations properly and to examine whether mining activities comply with norms, standards and regulations.

Another participant, Mr Zainullah Noory from Mining Department of Faryab, stated, ‘The training was well managed and designed according to the needs of our department. The newly acquired knowledge will support me to do my job correctly and efficiently.’

Afghanistan is rich in mineral resources including copper, iron, gold, lithium, rare earth and cobalt. These resources offer great potential to increase economic growth, generate additional revenues and create many jobs in the Afghan extractive sector. However, to exploit this potential efficiently, mining activities will have to be well managed, regulated and overseen transparently.

The programme is designed in eight cycles in which Mazar-e-Sharif was the third after Kabul and Feyzabad this year. Around 100 people in total will benefit from this training. The next five cycles will be conducted in five other zones of Afghanistan to cover the whole country accordingly and will run until April 2020. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme for Promoting Good Governance in the Extractive Sector in Afghanistan (MinGov) implemented a similar programme in 2017 to 2018 where more than 150 mining inspectors, including women, benefited as a result. The programme is developed and implemented in coordination with the MoMP.

The programme Promoting Good Governance in the Extractive Sector in Afghanistan is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Afghan mining sector offers great economic potential that could significantly boost growth in the country. To leverage this potential, the program aims at increasing state revenues, promoting investment and fighting corruption in Afghanistan’s extractive sector. Among other activities, the project has organized 25 short term training courses on topics such as mine planning, mining economics, mining supervision and management and administrative as well long term educational program (i.e. bachelor and master programs) for more than 500 mining inspectors and other employees at the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) and provincial authorities since 2013. Further, the project supports the Afghan Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AEITI) to promote transparency and fight corruption.