Ministry welcome note

WELCOME TO KENYA MINING FORUM

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the 2nd edition of the Kenya Mining Forum!

After a successful inaugural event in September 2016, we are honoured to be hosting you once again in

Nairobi for yet another Mining Forum.

Since 2016’s Mining Forum, Kenya has jumped 16 positions up in the world’s most attractive mining

investment destinations globally from position 102 to 86 according to a survey by Fraser Institute. This

has been attributed to six key pillars of Kenya’s Mining reform agenda that are driving transformation.

These include the 20 year Mining Strategy and Roadmap, Mining and Minerals policy, Mining Act 2016,

comprehensive and progressive mining regulations, robust competitive and attractive fiscal policy and

current geo data.

Great significant strides have been made in reforming our mining regulatory framework in Kenya among

them; the operationalization of the online mining cadastre, which enables a transparent online application

of mining licenses. Another key reform is the implementation of the Mining Act 2016, which has seen 14

mining regulations effected, ushering in a new dawn for a modern and forward looking mining sector in the

country.

Other reforms include the establishment of institutions and processes such as the Mineral Rights Board (MRB),

mining laboratory, set up of the Mineral Audit Unit (MAU) to quantify and calculate revenues from mineral

wealth, the set up of the Mineral Value Addition Centre and National Mining Institute in Voi - Taita Taveta

County in coastal Kenya. These reforms have created an enabling environment for investors to tap into the

mining sector in Kenya.

The commencement of the National Airborne Geophysical Survey is expected to be a game changer by

quantifying the country’s mineral wealth and increase opportunity for further exploration and mining.

Kenya has invested significantly in infrastructure and energy to facilitate industrial capacity for processing of

minerals. Kenya is open for business and you are invited to join us in making this sector a success.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous support of all partners who have made this event a

success; sponsors, speakers both local and foreign as well as diplomatic envoys.

Karibuni Kenya!

Hon. Dan Kazungu, EGH

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Mining

Republic of Kenya