(Xinhua) -- Kenya said on
Monday regulations on local content for mining firms
will be in place by the end of the year.
Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu told a media briefing in
Nairobi that the rules will require mining companies to
source all inputs from local communities or from within
"The regulations are borrowed from international best
practice where mining firms are required to procure
locally where their mining activity is based," Kazungu
said during a media briefing on the upcoming Kenya
Mining Forum that will take place from Wednesday.
"The mining firms will only be allowed to source from
outside Kenya if the goods and services are not
available in the country," he said.
In May, Kenya’s new mining law came into force and
replaced the existing one that has been in place since
the 1940s. The new law requires that all mining
operations benefit local community and country at large.
Government data indicates that the mining sector
currently contributes one percent of the Gross Domestic
"We want to increase the figure in order to further
diversify Kenya economy, which is heavily dependent on
agriculture, manufacturing and services," Kazungu said.
The mining ministry also plans to launch the airborne
mineral survey by the end of December. A team of 16 top
geologists have already been established to spearhead
the process of identifying a contractor to perform the