Mining Training for Provincial Mining Inspectors in Kandahar Province

Today, a four-week standard mining training ended in Kandahar province. Eleven mining inspectors from the four provincial mining departments of Zabul, Urozgan, Helmand and Kandahar attended the programme. The trainers, who are experts from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), had previously taken part in a Training of Trainers (ToT) programme, which was also funded by the Afghan-German Cooperation.

Mr Abdul Razaq Samimy, the mineral geologist of Kandahar mining department, commented, ‘The training courses were very interesting to me as they focussed mostly on our daily inspection activities. In addition, I also learned enough about standard mining survey techniques and field equipment utilisation. Using the acquired knowledge, I will be able to do my job better in the office as well as at the mining sites.’

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 Kandahar. 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. The training thus promotes transparency in the mining sector.

Another participant, Mr Ziaulhaq Dawary from the mining department of Helmand province, stated, ‘I am very happy to have attended this training since most of topics were new and applicable to my routine tasks in the office. Applying the new knowledge will produce more productivity in my performance.’

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 has been running since July 2019 and is designed in eight cycles. Kandahar is the sixth cycle after Kabul, Feyzabad Balkh, Nangarhar and Herat provinces. The next two cycles will be conducted in Kabul and will cover the remaining provinces of the country until April 2020. The Afghan-German Cooperation’s programme for Promoting Good Governance in the Extractive Sector in Afghanistan (MinGov) implemented a similar programme from 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 Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP).

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements the programme Strengthening Good Governance in the Mining Sector (MinGov) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project aims to monitor and ensure transparency in the extractive industry to help regulate government revenues, promote investment and fight corruption over the long term. It advises and supports the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) on transparent data management, complying with international standards, and developing and enhancing practical expertise while promoting women in the mining sector. It supports Afghanistan in becoming revalidated in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), requiring data transparency and anti-corruption measures. Since 2013, over 700 people received professional training and job-specific training.