Project is formulated to enhance the mineral prospectively of Fiji by raising the value of known prospects. This is to be achieved by conducting appropriate surveys on known prospects which have good potential, compiling the new data with the existing information and presenting this in an attractive package to would be investors.
This basically reflects a change in policy to deal with the prevailing situation and the plan is to take a more proactive role in mineral exploration rather than what we do currently, that is, rely on the exploration companies to carry out this work. Previous exploration work has revealed many areas showing potential for mineral deposits. These areas, now referred to as prospects need further investigations to prove or otherwise of their true potential for future mining activities.
A compilation of data on these already exists and will serve as a starting point for planning any fieldwork.
Normally this work is expected to be carried out by private exploration companies. However, the current situation faced by the industry in Fiji warrants action by the department to give confidence to the companies and prove that Mineral Resources Department is serious about the potential of the country.