Nairobi, 6rd February 2015: Kenya has adopted an Online Transactional Mining Cadastre Portal (OTMCP), an online portal that records and manages all types of mining licenses from exploration to production, and issues titles for these licenses.
Deputy President Hon. William Ruto EGH, EBS, launched the portal today at an event hosted by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Mining, Hon. Najib Balala EGH at the Ministry’s headquarters in Nairobi. The Vice President inaugurated the new facilities that house the OTMCP and participated in a live demonstration of the portal. The launch event was attended by key officials from the Government, investor community, diplomatic and trade representatives and other key stakeholders.
“I am delighted that Kenya is now among the few countries in the world to have an online cadastre. We are also the first in Africa to have this modern online mining cadastre that allows new mining applications. The launch of the OTMCP is the concrete proof that the Ministry of Mining is standing by its program and delivering on the commitments it made to achieve its part of the Kenya 2030 vision. A testimonial of mining reform and modernization in the country, the OTMCP is a concrete demonstration of the Government’s commitment to transparency and efficiency,” said H.E. Deputy President William Ruto.
“One of the key aspects of the mining sector reform is to improve the efficiency of operations. In this regard, the OMTCP is a critical milestone. It provides transparency, accountability and helps avoid disputes. This will diminish opportunities for corruption, instill discipline and increase competition in the sector. You can’t argue with a computer about not paying your fees in time! It will encourage foreign and domestic direct investments and economic development and subsequent social investments in the mining communities. This translates into jobs, modern infrastructure, increased revenue and ultimately better living standards for Kenyans,” said Hon. Mr. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Mining.
The OMTCP is available at http://portal.miningcadastre.go.ke/site. It is a transparent tool that includes a public interactive map (http://map.miningcadastre.go.ke/site) of all mining licenses indicating exact location, ownership, status and tenure. Investors can access the portal and apply online anytime from anywhere. The system prevents conflicts by avoiding boundary overlaps and by recording the exact time of application thereby serving the ‘first come first served’ principle of the Mining Act. The OTMCP is a truly international state of the art portal that has been developed in partnership with UKaid (UK Department of International Development).
The OMTCP is the culmination of several months of intensive work by the Ministry of Mining to translate existing data into a digital format. The Ministry is also continuing geological research to encourage prospecting and exploration. The timing of these activities is deliberate and strategic. The Ministry of Mining wants to be equipped with the necessary instruments to lead and regulate the mining sector into a beneficial industry and avoiding the pitfalls of the resource curse.
In its final format, the OTMCP is designed to perform according to some of the most advanced international practices. Please refer to the Notes to the Editor for more information. For an online demo please visit http://goo.gl/dTdRfH.
For more information contact:
Public Communications Unit
Ministry of Mining