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12 July 2012

Artisanal operation / Artisanal Operation Permit

    Attribution procedure

    Attribution of the authorization to:

    • Burkinabè nationals;
    • Cooperatives with Burkinabè participation;
    • Enterprises and companies set up under Burkina Faso laws with the majority of the share capital being Burkinabè;

    Application: Submitted in the Service of Mining Cadastre in three copies, with acknowledgment of receipt.

    Documents making up the application file:

    • an application to the Ministry of Mines;
    • the identity and address of the applicant or his representative;
    • the mineral substances to be mined;
    • the definition of the summits of the area requested;
    • the surface requested that must be less than 100 hectares (1 Square km) ;
    • the extract of the topographical map at 1/200 000 locating the surface of the requested area;
    • the proof that the applicant is not in a situation of bankruptcy or winding-up;
    • the brief description works to be contemplated;
    • the list of required staff;
    • a commitment of the applicant to comply with environmental regulations in force;
    • the payment receipt of the fixed duty should be produced in a deadline of 10 working days after approval of the application.

    Attribution: by decision of the General Director of Mines, Geology and Quarries

    Term: 2 years renewable as long as required by its recipient for 2-year periods.

    Application processing deadline: 1 month maximum after reception of the Council of the rural Community concerned.

    Renewal procedure

    Application: Submitted at the Service of Mining Cadastre in three copies, with acknowledgment of receipt at least two months before the expiration of the term.

    Documents making up the application file:

    • an application to the Ministry of Mines;
    • a progress report for the 2 years accompanied with expenses incurred;
    • a description of works planned for the next 2 years;
    • the list of staff;
    • the payment receipt of the fixed duty.

    Renewal attribution: by decision of the General Director of Mines, Geology and Quarries

    Deadline for renewal application processing: maximum 2 months after submission of the full application.

    Others possibilities are given to the beneficiaries:

    Amodiation (Sub-lease): upon application sent to the Minister of Mines processed and making sure that the applicant complies with all the requirements relating to the works and that the sub-lessee offers at least the same guarantees of obligation implementation.

    Transmission: upon request sent by the heirs to the Minister of Mines in a deadline of 6 months after the decease of the holder.

    Waiving: authorized at any time but must be approved by the Mining Administration.

    Transformation of the artisanal authorization into a small scale mine: in case of discovery of an important deposit within the area of the authorization.

    Source: Decree n°2005-047/PRES/PM/MCE of 3 February 2005 / MMCE Site web

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