Papua New Guinea: In June, the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) of Papua New Guinea launched a digital map under its ambitious Mineral Tenement Management Project. The portal provides a spatial view into the mining cadastre data, and is intended to improve communication among stakeholders, reduce corruption and improve transparency.
According to reports, MRA’s contracted agency, Spatial Dimentions, has already started working on the second phase of the project. This phase of the project will focus on implementing an Online Transactional Mining Cadastre Portal (OTMCP) that will provide license holders real-time access to their tenement information, allow the payment of fees and the uploading of work reports. Subject to amendments to be introduced in the revised Mining Act of 2014, the OTMCP will then be enhanced to allow for online applications, renewals and other business processes.
The implementation of FlexiCadastre and the OTMCP will greatly improve the transparency in the mining sector and thereby assist in promoting PNG as a mining destination of choice,” said Charles Young, Spatial Dimension Team Leader for the PNG project.
The first phase of the project included the implementation of a Mineral Tenement Management System based on the FlexiCadastre framework, the launch of an online web-map providing view only tenement data to the public, as well as the integration of MRA’s Library Management System into the Mineral Tenement Management System. Phase one was concluded at the External Stakeholders Workshop, held on the 28 May 2014.
The project is funded through the World Bank’s Second Mining Sector Institutional Strengthening Technical Assistance Project.
Source: Spatial Dimension