LUSAKA, April 5 (Xinhua) -- Zambia and Finland have signed cooperating projects aimed at helping the southern African nation in reviewing regulations on uranium mining as well as the management of the mineral, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Tuesday.
The two projects were aimed at evaluating current regulation on uranium regulation and other radio active minerals as well as developing of a modern geo-information infrastructure for the Zambia's geological department, reported the Daily Mail.
Zambian Minister of Mines and Minerals Development Maxwell Mwale said during the launch of the projects that under the agreement, Finland will provide about 593, 000 euros towards the implementation of the projects and that the projects will help the country evaluate, update and review regulations regarding the safety of uranium mining.
"Zambia has uranium deposits in Southern, North-western provinces and some parts of the Copperbelt province. There is, therefore, urgent need to evaluate, update and review the regulations regarding the safety of these resources," the Zambian minister was quoted as saying by the paper.
He noted that the projects will provide lasting solutions to environmental health and safety concerns on uranium mining.
One of the first tasks of the data management project will involve the upgrading of existing facilities into modern infrastructure, a situation which will result in better data availability and accessibility, thereby improving government service delivery to the mining fraternity, the Zambian minister said.
Meanwhile, Finland Director-General of Geological Survey Elias Ekdahl said the prime objective of the evaluation of the current regulation project is to provide assistance to Zambia's ministry of mines.
The project will review uranium exploration, mining and marketing regulations for Zambia.
Many foreign firms have discovered uranium deposits in the southern African country during their explorations, which could go a long in boosting its foreign exchange earnings.
In 2008, Zambia enacted a Uranium Prospecting and Mining Act to enable mining, processing, storage and transportation of the metal.