The Rwanda Mining Association (RMA) has received legal status in a move aimed at further streamlining the mining sector.
Although the association has been operating normally, lack of a legal status prevented it from having enough influence on issues that affect the sector, such as minimum wages for miners, collective bargaining power and more, according to the association’s President, Jean Malik Kalima.
Kalima said the mining fraternity worked closely with the Private Sector Federation (PSF) to ensure that it has all the necessary requirements to gain the legal status and that they are proud to have moved a great step forward.
He added that the association can now operate under the right structures, which are fully operational to protect the rights and obligations of the sectors’ players, both the employees and the employers.
The Workers Trade Union (CESTRAR) welcomed the association’s new status, saying it will help to solve issues raised by employees.