World Bank Bolsters Afghan Natural Resource Management

    The World Bank is providing a $52 million grant to help enable the Afghan government to effectively and transparently manage its vast mineral and energy resources such as copper, gold, iron ore, gemstones, coal and hydrocarbons.

    The project seeks to increase the capacity of the Afghan Ministry of Mines to oversee ongoing mining sector activities, such as licensing operations, and manage future resource auctions, as well as the capacity of the National Environmental Protection Agency to ensure adequate environmental, social and cultural protection of the mining sites. It also seeks to promote sustainability of small-scale mining operations.

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