Standard Mining Training for Provincial Mining Inspectors in Kabul

Tomorrow, a four-week standard mining training will end in Kabul. Twelve mining inspectors from various provinces, including Parwan, Kapisa, Bamiyan, Panjshir and Daikundi attended. This training enables the mining inspectors to ensure that rules and regulations in the extractive sector are respected. The trainers, who were from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), had previously participated in a Training of Trainers (ToT) programme. The Afghan-German Cooperation supported both the mining training and the ToT.

Mohammad Fazil, a participant from the province of Bamiyan commented, ‘This training was unique for my career. I learned how to use MoMP standards and inspection procedures. This newly acquired knowledge will support me to do my job correctly and efficiently.’

The training covered many 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 mining inspectors applied their newly acquired skills at quarries where construction stones are extracted and at the MoMP’s underground mining model in Kabul.

On average, the participants are responsible for four mines each in their respective provinces.  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 revenue and create about 10,000 to 14,000 additional jobs in the extractive sector, according to the World Bank Altai Study 2012. However, to exploit this potential efficiently, mining activities have to be well managed, regulated and transparent.

This was the first cycle of the programme. The next seven cycles will be conducted in seven other zones across Afghanistan until April 2020, covering the whole country. MinGov implemented a similar programme from 2017 to 2018. More than 150 mining inspectors, including women, benefited. 

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 programme aims at increasing state revenues, promoting investment and fighting corruption in Afghanistan’s extractive sector. Among other activities, the project has organised 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.