By Caroline Njenga
The government will soon embark on minerals and extractives resource mapping across the country to help in identifying the location and size of new mineral deposits.
Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu says such in-depth geological surveys will help in providing information about the country’s diverse mineral resources to local and foreign investors.
Kenya was not previously considered a mineral-rich country. However this changed after recent discoveries of commercially viable crude oil and gas, rare minerals in Lamu and coal deposits in Kitui and Kwale counties.
The minerals discoveries have helped increase investor interest in Kenya. To help fast-track mineral exploitation, the government plans to embark on large scale minerals and extractives resource mapping across the country.
Speaking at Base Titanium in Kwale County, Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu said mapping process would help attract exploration companies to Kenya.
Kazungu says there is need to develop maps and other data products to assist government agencies, mining companies, consultants and the public in recognizing, developing and protecting important mineral resources.
He said only four percent of the country’s territory has been mapped since independence making it difficult to know how endowed Kenya is in terms of minerals.
He says a new mining law would be enacted to provide policy stability and level the playing field for industry players.
Among minerals found in Kenya is coal, gypsum, fluorspar, rubies, Zircon gemstone, gold, sapphires, silver, titanium and manganese.