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Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Bernard Esau has on Monday hinted that government might issue a second ban on the mining of phosphate off the country’s coast.Esau told media that the ban is necessary to give chance for a thorough environment impact study to be conducted, despite pressure from companies including one owned by Oman’s business mogul Mohammed A Bawarni, who are lobbying to be allowed to mine phosphate.

In September 2013, Namibia was congratulated by environmental pressure groups for introducing an 18 months moratorium on marine phosphate mining.
However there has been a veil of uncertainty after the ban expired in March 2015, and the government is yet to pronounce itself on the matter.

Fisheries permanent secretary Moses Maurihungirire confirmed to The Namibian on Monday that the technical committee comprised of fisheries, mining and environment ministries met last week and agreed on several recommendations.

“The ministers will decide on the way forward,� he said, adding that the ministers will call a press conference to explain the issue.

Fisheries permanent secretary Moses Maurihungirire confirmed to The Namibian yesterday that the technical committee met last week and agreed on several recommendations. “The ministers will decide on the way forward,� he said.

Environmentalists have warned Namibia about the negative effect of phosphate mining on marine ecosystem, and argued the government to emulate New Zealand which has banned phosphate mining off its shores.

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