BANGKOK (NNT) – The Deputy Prime Minister has urged the management of mineral resources to yield maximum benefits, while good governance and public participation must be crucial parts of the process.

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuean has chaired the first National Mineral Administrative Policy Board meeting of this year, at which the board members acknowledged the progress of sub-committee projects, and initiatives under the second national mineral resources strategy.

The board approved the revision of the 20-year National Mineral Administrative Strategy, in line with the 20-year national strategy. They have approved a Thailand Minerals Framework Classified (TMFC) draft, as well as evaluation criteria on the richness and economic value of mineral deposits, which is crucial for the administration and enhancement of national mineral resources management.

The board has agreed to accelerate the progress of approved projects, and ensure maximum benefits from resource management while focusing on environmental conservation, public health and well being, and public participation.

DPM Gen Prawit urged the Department of Mineral Resources and the Department of Primary Industries and Mines to promote environmentally friendly mining and good governance, by raising awareness among the public, with the aim of gaining their cooperation in the government’s projects for sustainable development of the country.

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