Varous stakeholders and groups are attending the one-day consultation at the Kairos Horticulture centre conference room, Hyundai mall.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community through the SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals (DSM) project in cooperation with the Ministry of Mines and Rural Electrification will be hosting the stakeholders consultation workshop.
Permanent secretary of the Ministry of Mines Energy and Rural Electrification Rence Sore said the objectives of the national workshop are to present the DSM project to in-country stakeholders, discuss various issues and concerns relating to deep sea minerals and mining, collectively identify and agree on national priority areas and a way forward for deep sea minerals and mining and provide the necessary guidance for the implementation of the DSM Project in the Solomon Islands.
“Additionally, the workshop will create greater understanding on issues related to deep sea minerals and the mining sector including operations, fiscal regime, and economic, environmental and social impacts,” Mr Sore said.
He said the workshop will also provide participants with an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other countries in the Pacific Islands region and how the DSM project is implementing a regional approach to deep sea minerals and mining.
Invitees include representatives of relevant government agencies, civil society, private sector, and local communities.
By EDNAL PALMER
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