Minerals Advisory Board

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The Minerals Advisory Board (MAB) was established by the Mines and Minerals Decree of 1994 as an inter-ministerial committee.[1]

Organisation

According to the Mines and Minerals Act (2009) the MAB is composed of 16 members:[2]

Current office holders

Chair of the MAB: Mr. Raymond Moshe-Roberts (as of August 2012)[3]

Secretary: Jonathan A. Sharkah (as of October 2013)[4]

Director of the Geological Survey Division: Ms Agatha John (as of October 2013)[5]

Commissioner-General of National Revenue Authority (NRA): Ms. Haja Kallah Kamara [6]

Permanent Secretary of Ministry: Mrs. Fatmata S. Mustapha[7]

Responsiblities

According to the Mines and Minerals Decree of 1994, the functions of the MAB include:[8]

  • advising the Secretary of State on matters relating to minerals
  • formulating recommendations on minerals policy
  • monitoring the implementation of policy
  • securing a firm basis for data collection on national mineral resources
  • assessing proposed ‘major agreements’ relating to minerals

With respect to licensing, the Mines and Minerals Act (2009) expands the role of the MAB to include:

  • advising the Minister of Mineral Resources on the granting, renewing, suspending, transferring and cancelling of licences
  • certifying mineral rights applications

But the functions of the MAB may be in need of review since, according to Fanthorpe and Gabelle, the statuory functions of the MAB and the National Minerals Agency, with exception of the MAB's mandate to assess licence applications, are the same.[9]

External links

Mines and Minerals Act 2009: Conduct of the Minerals Advisory Board

References

  1. Political Economy of Extractives: Governance in Sierra Leone”. Fanthorpe, R. and Gabelle C., 2 July 2013.
  2. Conduct of the Mineral Advisory Board”. Government of Sierra Leone, Ministry of Mineral Resources, 2009.
  3. Mineral Agency Board Chair poised to restructure mining activities”. Africa Young Voices (AYV), 2 July 2013.
  4. Overview, Structure and Objectives”. Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources, Sierra Leone, retrieved 23 October 2013.
  5. Overview, Structure and Objectives”. Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources, Sierra Leone, retrieved 23 October 2013.
  6. Sierra Leone’s NRA officials missing at top African Revenue Authority event”. The Sierra Leone Telegraph, 14 April 2013.
  7. Overview, Structure and Objectives”. Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources, Sierra Leone, retrieved 23 October 2013.
  8. Political Economy of Extractives: Governance in Sierra Leone”. Fanthorpe, R. and Gabelle C., 2 July 2013.
  9. Political Economy of Extractives: Governance in Sierra Leone”. Fanthorpe, R. and Gabelle C., 2 July 2013.