Prishtina – 22 January 2020
Canadian Embassy in Kosovo organized the seminar “General business behaviour in mining”
The seminar “General business behaviour in mining” organized by the Canadian Embassy was held today in “Swiss Diamond”. Minister of MED, Valdrin Lluka, in his remark emphasized the importance of cooperation with Canada. Kosovo has lead, zinc and silver minerals, so it has potential for foreign investments. We have open 11 zones of special interests. The administrative part has been executed. We wait investments in this field, emphasized Lluka.
Whereas Matthew Bilss, Deputy Director responsible to assist member governments of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development, called to use in maximum their mineral resources for sustainable development and poverty reduction, focusing on their program and technical needs and relevant strategic partnerships. The metals and minerals that are present here are demanded also in the market. Canada has decided to have an Ombudsperson to take care regarding this, in order that Canadian companies to work responsibly. Bilss also presented their worldwide reach.
Director Paul Kuhn, of “Avrupa Minerals”, a good expert for ores in Kosovo, presented information on metal exploration for the study case. He said that Kosovo has wonderful potential for exploration. Mining has developed over 2000 years in Kosovo. Exploration takes a long time in order to be successful. Kosovo is a global mining region, we searched for zinc and silver in Kosovo then we also found gold.
Member of the Board Kemajl Zeqiri from ICMM presented mining sector of Kosovo and responsible business behaviour in mining.
The seminar was led by panellists in the last part of the discussions:
Matthew Bliss, Deputy Director responsible to assist member governments of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development, Musa Shabani, Chairman of the ICMM Board, Fidaim Sahiti, Director, Kosovo Geological Survey, Zenun Elezaj, Mayor of Klina Municipality and Paul Kuhn, Director of the enterprise Avrupa Minerals, which owns two exploration licenses for metallic ore in the Republic of Kosovo.
The discussions have been mainly focused on amending the Law on Mines and Minerals and the Law on Forests to create a more favourable climate for enterprises of this sector, environmental protection and cooperation with the local community where enterprises owning licenses and permits from ICMM operate.