According to preliminary report released by the Kimberley Process Management Unit (UGPK) recently, Mozambique’s gold production reached a record of 800 kilos last year.
“The production for the year 2021 had been planned for around 550 kilos, but so far we are above 800 kilos,” read the report, adding that in 2020 the country produced 545 kilos of gold.
According to the report, the production could be even higher if were not for the restrictions introduced in the context of the global pandemic of COVID-19.
“The analysis of last year’s production is not over, as there is a lack of data from the provinces of Manica, Zambezia and Tete, all in central Mozambique,” read the document.
The UGPK says that the year 2021 was marked by the creation of mobile technical monitoring brigades that have been tracking the activities of companies in the sector, and teams will also be formed to monitor and record the production of gold in the artisanal mining sites.
The UGPK wants to persuade artisanal miners to sell their products to marketing license holders in order to ensure taxation and increase the state tax revenue from the production of mineral resources, the report says.
Mozambique’s UGPK is supervised by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy and oversees the production of precious metals and gems in the country.