Afghan government will amend mining law as it seeks to prevent illegal mining in the country, according to second vice-president on Saturday.
According to experts, the existing mining law that was signed by Karzai in 2014, lacks transparency and encourages further corruption.
Second VP Danish said that the unity government is willing to prevent “national traitors” from illegal mining through reforms and implementation of professional policies.
He made the remarks during a ceremony that saw Nargis Nehan taking over Ghazal Habibyar Safi as acting minister of mines and petroleum.
He said that implementing reforms, amending laws on mining, oil and gas and implementation, professional dealing over appointment and contracts are priorities of the ministry of mines, which he said would begin soon.
Reiterating that Afghanistan cannot remain reliant on foreign aid forever, Danish said that mines are the only reliable source in Afghanistan’s quest to become self-reliant.
Afghanistan is estimated to have $3 trillion worth of national resources, but they remain largely untapped due to problems of war, lack of infrastructure and corruption. The mines are also being exploited by strongmen and militants.
During the ceremony, Danish said that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will visit Australia for talks including on developing mining sector.