Wednesday, May 19, 2021
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Development Coordination Division is one of the five divisions of Mineral Resources Authority. Its core functions are;

  • Improve stakeholder consultation
  • Project facilitation
  • management of mining benefit streams including small scale mining, from exploration to mining phases of development, by formation of a project facilitation function .

In the division there are three branches;

  • Exploration Coordination
  • Mining Project Coordination
  • Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development Branch houses the Gender Coordination Unit that deals with gender participation/issues, for all three branches.

The MRA Corporate Plan outlines the following key areas that guide the Development Coordination division and it functions;.

  • Strengthen relations with other relevant state agencies through the sharing of information on mining projects;
  • Provide logistical and incidental assistance to agencies whose employees are members of state teams for the mining projects;
  • Encourage gender equality and participation through the Gender Coordinator;
  • Establish dialogue with district administrations and Local Level Governments.
  • Provision of technical advice on project related socio-economic and evolutionary mining issues to DMPGM to assist in policy formulation.
  • Adopt and ensure adherence to appropriate and relevant policies and agreements;
  • Standardize project Memorandums of Understanding and Agreements;
  • Provide internal competency training on prevailing policies and Acts;
  • Maintain a compliance database for small scale mining sector.
  • Optimum utilization of the small scale mining training centers;
  • Develop and maintain appropriate training programs and staff to provide viable extension programs for small scale mining;

The division is headed by a Executive Manager (EM) and Managers for each branches.

For more information contact the Executive Manager on


The divisional functions ensures that exploration and mining activities in Papua New Guinea are done within the regulatory and policy framework, with benefits from these activities being distributed fairly and transparently to all beneficiaries and stakeholders.