NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will soon commence stakeholder forums aimed
at reviewing the Mining Act of 2016 and ensure that provisions
that root for greater community benefits are strengthened,
officials said on Monday.
John Munyes, cabinet
secretary for mining and petroleum, said the realignment of
legislative framework governing the extractive sector is
critical to ensure optimal benefits trickle to the grassroots.
“We need to relook
the Mining Act of 2016 in order to address emerging concerns
like royalties and community benefits. There is a strong
consensus that laws governing extractive sector should be
reviewed constantly to ensure they are responsive to the needs
of local communities,” said Munyes.
He spoke in Nairobi
during the third edition of Kenya mining forum attended by
policymakers, industry executives and grassroots campaigners.
The two-day forum
will discuss policy and regulatory incentives that should be
enacted to attract investments in the mining sector that
contributes an estimated 1 percent to Kenya’s gross domestic